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*This fantastic creature is part of the Lewis Carroll fireplace.
Red lustre Ship Triptych
Eagle and Snark*
Shown is Lewis Carroll's fireplace with a De Morgan ship triptych and red lustre birds and animals.
Around 1883, Dodgson selected De Morgan tiles for both the fireplace in the Common Room and also for his own rooms. He selected tiles that had some relevance to his earlier published works, (e.g., the Dodo, Eaglet, Fawn, some mythical creatures, and the ship triptych). The tiles in his own rooms were later made into a firescreen used in the Common Room.
Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson -- note that is not Charles Dodgson in the photo) was a good friend of the Rossetti family. Rossetti was a principal at Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co., where De Morgan began his tile career.
School of fish
Owl and rat
Eagle and Snark
Lory or Peafowl
Vase of flowers
Hawk and Hare
Morris / De
William De Morgan made red lustre tiles in, or possibly before, his Chelsea period (1872-1881), making a series of fantastic ships, birds, beasts, and flowers that quickly became very popular. While most of the blanks for his chargers and vases were bought from Wedgwood, Minton, and other manufacturers, he later came to develop his own tiles, which were more moisture resistent and more accommodating to his glazes and transfer methods.
Peacock House in Holland Park, London, was designed as a department story for Ernest Ridley Debenham by De Morgan's associate, Halsey Ricardo.
Red lustre tiles are also available with Victorian floral border in 6-inch and 8-inch.
Background Color: Warm White or Cream
Size: 4.25 inch tiles, and 6 inch, 8 inch
4.25 inch square tiles: $53 each. Victorian border not available.
6 inch-square tiles without border: $68 each
6 inch-square tiles with border: $74 each
8 inch-square tiles without border: $80 each
8 inch-square tiles with border: $84 each
* Not all of the red lustre tiles look good with the border. If you're unsure, ask me for a mockup when you order.
4.25 inch: 9 tiles
6 inch: 7 tiles
8 inch: 5 tiles
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How to Order Tile
These tiles are 8 x 6 inches, and contain all the Lewis Carroll fireplace animals. No changes to these.
Lewis Carroll Society members: $88 each, $150 the pair
Non-Members: $100 each, $185 the pair
(No minimum order on the Collector Tiles)
Become a member ($35)
Scrolls, Whorls, Boughs, Swirls
Red Lustre Barn Owls and Scrolls
Red Lustre and other Victorian Fireplaces
William De Morgan Red Lustre Ship Triptych
Lewis Carroll Society of North America>
Lewis Carroll's Math Puzzles lecture, San Francisco Public Library (Stuart Moskowitz), video, 50 min
Handouts for Math Puzzle lecture (pdf)
Annotated Alice at the Alice 150 Conference (Mark Burstein) video, 29 min
To Catch a Bandersnatch, Article, Burstein [pdf]