For every locomotive they build, I will paint another angel. ~Edward Coley Burne-Jones
I am particularly proud of this set. There is no other complete color set of Days of Creation angels in tile or print. The original of the fourth angels was stolen while on loan to Harvard University in 1970 and there are no color photographs of it. Restoring the color took more than a year. You can see the black and white original here.
The first Days of Creation designs were executed in stained glass, followed by paintings in gouache and gold paint, then cartoons were made for tile that were not executed at the time.
Morris and Co. later created tiles based on the original cartoons, but that differ largely from the original designs and appear to have been derived more from the stained glass implementation as an intermediary step. The original painted panels are approximately 42 inches tall (with some minor variation).
The Days of Creations angels are available in the following formats.
Faces: A set of seven or eight tiles showing the angel faces. Intended for interior use only, they can be used in fireplaces, kitchens, bathrooms, or any interior wall.
Half Panels: A set of seven panels showing the angels of each day. At a 12-inch height, the half-panels are a good choice for an undercabinet backsplash.
Full body angels: A set of six angels done in full body in mural mosaic or tile panel formats. The full angel panels consist of three 6-inch tiles for each day.
In addition, Limited Edition sets that are larger or are mosaics comprised of considerably more tiles are available.
I have seven angel faces corresponding to the seven days of creation. The seven angel faces are available on 4.25, 6, and 8-inch ceramic tiles. In addition, a tile showing the globe from the Sixth Day (Adam and Eve) can be added to the set.
Title: Days of Creation Angels Tile Set
Size: 4.25, 6 or 8 inch square tiles
4.25 inch: Set of 7 ceramic tiles: $610
4.25 inch: Set of 8 ceramic tiles: $660 (includes Adam and Eve)
6 inch: Set of 7 ceramic tiles: $720
6 inch: Set of 8 ceramic tiles: $770 (includes Adam and Eve)
8 inch: Set of 7 ceramic tiles: $968
8 inch: Set of 8 ceramic tiles: $1048 (includes Adam and Eve)
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
In the Days of Creation, each day shows a corresponding number of angels, each angel holding a globe that correspond to the events of that day.
The first angel stands alone and the crystal ball shows light being separated from Darkness.
The angel of the second day holds a globe showing the separation of the heavens and the waters.
The third angel holds a globe wherein the earth brings forth grass, plants, and fruit-bearing trees.
In the colors of the fourth day*, Burne-Jones transitions from darkness to light. The last three panels show the influence of the sun and heavenly bodies.
The angel of the fifth day stands at the sea's edge strewn with seashells and holds a globe showing the waters and the birds and the living creatures that moveth:
The sixth angel holds a globe that shows the creation of living creatures, with Humankind created in his image. Adam and Eve appear in the garden, with a foreshadowing of the downfall that is to come: The Tree of Knowledge and the coiled serpent appear slightly behind.
The seventh angel rests at the feet of the other six, playing a golden harp.
There is a gradient change in tone across the angels. The angel of the first day stands in darkness. The lighting in changes as the days progress, with the third angel as if in candlelight, the fourth angel standing in twilight, the fifth angel in light similar to morning sun, and the sixth day with more mid-day lighting. If you want to intersperse these tiles with field tile, you might want to consider either installing them in order, or if out of sequence, with the darkest angel closest to the light source.
The seven half-panel angels are suitable for blacksplash and fit nicely under cabinets with surrounding field tiles, without having their heads cut off by the cabinet overhang. The usual distance between the countertop and the bottom of the kitchen cabinet ranges from 18 to 24 inches. While a full panel (18 inches) might fit in this space, you don't see the entire angel unless you at a distance. While working in the kitchen, the angels' heads are visually cut off.
The size of each half-panel angel is 8 x 12 inches (in two 8 x 6 inch tiles). The set consists of 14 tiles.
The seven half-panel Days of Creation Angels are each 8 x 12 inches.
Title: Edward Burne-Jones : Days of Creation Angel Half-Panels
Half Panels: 14 mosaic angel panels (2 tiles per angel)
Size: Each angel is 8 inches by 12 inches in two 8 x 6 inch panels
Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)
Price: $2785 (Sold as a set)
The six full-panel are 6 x 18 inches each, on three 6-inch tiles per panel. The set consists of 18 tiles.
Title: Edward Burne-Jones : Days of Creation Angel Full Panels
Full Panels: 18 mosaic angel panels (3 tiles per angel)
Size: Each angel is 6 inches by 18 inches on three 6 x 6 inch tiles
Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)
Price: $3485 (Sold as a set)
The full panel angels would make a strong statement on a fireplace overmantel, or where you have an expanse horizontal wallspace.
The full angel set consist of six panels, each with four 8x6 tiles, showing the full body and colors of the angel of each day, with the angels of the earlier days in the background. The sixth panel shows both the sixth day angels with the angel of the seventh day at rest in the foreground. The seventh angel sits at the feet of the others.
Customer installation photos, not glossy professional photos but taken by real people of their own houses, are listed in the Catalog
The fourth angels was stolen from the Fogg museum and there were no color photos. It was restored to color over two years based on 1890 Hollyer platinotypes and the Oscar Wilde descriptions. It is registered by William Morris Tile LLC with the US copyright office and is free to use for non-commercial purposes.
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