To give people pleasure in the things they must perforce use, that is one great office of decoration; to give people pleasure in the things they must perforce make, that is the other use of it. Does not our subject look important enough now? I say that without these arts, our rest would be vacant and uninteresting, our labour mere endurance, mere wearing away of body and mind. ~William Morris, The Decorative Arts: Their Relation to Modern Life and Progress
These Edward Burne-Jones tiles from the second series of Chaucer's Legend of Good Wimmen is that these tiles were taken directly from stained glass designs. Probably painted by Burne-Jones himself, they were installed as flanking fireplace tiles, possible at Wightwick Manor although these are not the tiles installed there now.
Characters from mythology were a popular subject for Morris and his Pre-Raphaelite contemporaries. Many of the Burne-Jones tile designs were later implemented as stained glass. The Legend of Good Wimmen series, however, was first implemented as tile and then as stained glass.
Both 6 and 8 inch tiles are available.
Title: Edward Burne-Jones: Ariadne and Phyllida from The Legend of Good Wimmen, second series
Panels: 6 tiles in two three-tile vertical panels
Size: 6 inch (15.24 cm) square tiles
Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)
Colors: Can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.
Availability: Can usually be shipped in about a week.
Six Inch Tiles: $345 / $595 (singe/both panels)
Eight Inch Tiles: $405 / $685 (singe/both panels)