Briar Rose Tile Panels

The salt is on the briar rose,
The fog is in the fir trees.

~T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

The Signature Myth of Edward Burne-Jones

Burne-Jones revisited the theme of Briar Rose over half his lifetime. These Briar Rose art tile panels 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.

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 on intermittently from 1870 to 1890. The series was displayed with verses by William Morris:

Scene 1: The Briar Rose: The Briar Wood

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 (his wife), and Maria Zambaco, the Greek beauty who later became his paramour.

Briar Rose: The Prince Enters the Briar Wood

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.
~William Morris

Scene 2: The Briar Rose: The Council Chamber

Briar Rose: The Council Chamber

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.
~William Morris

Scene 3: The Briar Rose: The Garden Court

Briar Rose: The Garden Court

The maiden pleasance of the land
Knoweth no stir of voice or hand,
No cup the sleeping waters fill,
The restless shuttle lieth still.
~William Morris

Scene 4: The Briar Rose: The Rose Bower

Briar Rose: The Rose Bower

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.
~William Morris

Briar Rose Tile Panels

Briar Rose Panel Installations

Burne-Jones Briar Rose story tiles, The Sleeping Court, installation in guest house Burne-Jones Briar Rose story tiles, The Sleeping Princess, installation in guest house

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.

Briar Rose story tiles installed in guest house

Briar Rose and Willow bath

Briar Rose Story Tile Installation

About the Briar Rose Panels

Title: Edward Burne-Jones Briar Rose Tile Panels

Tile: Ceramic

Panels: 8 tiles, in 4 two-tile panels.

Size: 6 inch square tiles (15.4 cm)

Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)

Weight: 11.5 ounces (326 grams) each tile

One panel (2 tiles) $165

Set of 8: $690

Minimum Order: One panel