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Philip Webb Color Palette
Philip Webb Whorls and Flowers
William De Morgan ScrollsPhilip Webb
William De Morgan and Philip Webb were key figures in the early directions taken by Morris's firm. Best known for his architectural design for Red House, William Morris's first married home, and later for the animals in 'The Forest' tapestry, Philip Webb was a founding member of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co., and hence the Arts and Crafts Movement itself.
Morris is so much a large solar energy that the stars around him can be overshadowed. Just as De Morgan is known as the Father of Arts & Crafts ceramics, Philip Webb, a major architect of the Gothic Revival movement, is often called the Father of Arts & Crafts Architecture. With Morris, he founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 1877.
Morris met Philip Webb while working for the architect G.E. Street in London. Morris and Edward Burne-Jones were sharing living quarters at the time, and the three remained friends and went on to establish 'The Firm' in 1861.
Webb's collaborated with Morris from the earliest days, as seen in tiles as Longden and Red House Birds, through his contributions to The Forest into designs for Kelmscott book covers, such as William Morris's Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs.
I have three tiles based on Philip Webbs "Whorls and Flowers" tile, shown far left.
4.25 inch square tiles (5 flowers tile only): $44
6 inch square tiles: $56
All three comes in two blues: Webb Blue (a lighter blue) and De Morgan Blue (a deeper cobalt blue).
Background Color: White or cream.
While not recommended as floor tile, these tiles are suitable on hearths, shower floors, and places where you will not be wearing your golf cleats. Shown: Saltillo tiles inlaid with custom Philip Webb Whorls.
Sunflowers were popular with Victorians. Morris & Co. produced several early versions. Later De Morgan tiles include versions in polychrome and red lustre.
Philip Webbs sunflower is an early tile produced by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co. It is available in Webb blue only.
4.25 inch square tiles : $46
6 inch square tiles: $56
Forest Animal Accent Tiles (tumbled and ceramic)
From left: open scroll, closed scroll, double scroll. Shown on cream background.
De Morgan Red Lustre Scrolls are available in 4.25 inch, 6 inch, and 8 inch tiles:
4.25 inch square tiles: $48
6 inch square tiles: $68
8 inch square tiles: $78
From left: open scroll, closed scroll, double scroll, double scroll with flowers, mirrored open scrolls. Shown on white background.
De Morgan Blue Scrolls are available in 4.25 inch, 6 inch, and 8 inch tiles:
4.25 inch square tiles: $46
6 inch square tiles: $58
6 inch square tiles: $76