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Why are so many of us enspelled by myths and folk stories in this modern age? Why do we continue to tell the same old tales, over and over again? I think it's because these stories are not just fantasy. They're about real life. We've all encountered wicked wolves, found fairy godmothers, and faced trial by fire. We've all set off into unknown woods at one point in life or another. We've all had to learn to tell friend from foe and to be kind to crones by the side of the road. . . . ~Terri Windling
Burne-Jones revisited the theme of Briar Rose over half his lifetime. These Briar Rose border tiles based on the series by paintings Edward Burne-Jones. In addition to paintings, Jones also designed a series of nine two-tile Sleeping Beauty panels for a bedroom fireplace at 'The Hill', the home of painter Myles Birket Foster in the early days of Morris, Marshall, and Faulkner.
Unlike the fairy tale tales painted for 'The Hill', the Briar Rose series does not tell a sequential story but shows the sleepers as seen by the prince as he makes his way through the castle to The Rose Bower.
Morris and Co. designs often were created for one medium and then adapted and modified for another. Ten years after the initial fireplace tiles, he began a series of three small but haunting paintings, and then four larger works that he worked onintermittently from 1870 to 1890. The series was displayed with verses by William Morris.
In the original study for The Briar Wood some of the knights appear to be more feminine than masculine. Burne-Jones modelled the knights from women: Jane Morris, Georgiana Burne-Jones (Ned's wife), and Maria Zambaco, the Greek beauty who later became his paramour, an ill-fated tragedy of a chapter in his life, characterized by madness, tears, and even suicide threats.
The fateful slumber floats and flows
About the tangle of the rose.
But lo the fated hand and heart
To rend the slumberous curse apart.
The threat of war, the hope of peace
The Kingdom's peril and increase.
Sleep on, and bide the latter day
When fate shall take her chains away.
The maiden pleasance of the land
Knoweth no stir of voice or hand,
No cup the sleeping waters fill,
The restless shuttle lieth still.
Here lies the hoarded love the key
To all the treasure that shall be.
Come, fated hand, the gift to take
And smite the sleeping world awake.
Title: Edward Burne-Jones Briar Rose Tile Panels
Panels: 8 tiles, in 4 two-tile panels.
Size: 6 inch square tiles (15.4 cm), or 8 inch 20.3 cm)square tiles
Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)
Weight: 11.5 ounces (326 grams) each six-inch tile
One panel (2 tiles) $165
Set of 8: $610
One panel (2 tiles) $255
Set of 8: $980
Minimum Order: One panel
Prices includes U.S. Shipping. For international shipping, I'll discount it the U.S. shipping amount (about $22).
You can order the Briar Rose tiles in three ways:
Us the automated order form here: Briar Rose Tiles Order Form. You can order art prints there also.
Order tile in the usual way, where I'm available to help you decide the size tile you need and if it will work in your installation. See: How to Order Tile (explains the process and has links on how to measure)
or you can cut to the chase and just contact me.