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Tile - Leaves and Berries

Leaves and Berries

  • Object:

    Tile

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted overglaze

  • Museum number:

    C.78-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 35, shelf 8, box 2

'Leaves and Berries' is an early tile design produced by Morris & Co. These examples were formerly set within a fireplace in a house in Cambridge. The fireplace also included a set of six tiles depicting birds, probably designed by the architect Philip Webb.

Physical description

Tile painted in blue, brown and yellow on a tin glaze with a design of leaves and berries in the form of a grid. The design is painted onto an already glazed and fired tile blank, produced in the Netherlands.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1860-1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Morris & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted overglaze

Dimensions

Width: 15.2 cm each tile, approx.

Object history note

Probably dating from the 1860s or early 1870s, these tiles (C.72 to 79-2005) were removed from the fireplace of a house in Cambridge during renovation in around 2003-4. The arrangement of the tiles within the fireplace is known (see RF 2005/468). The series of bird designs (C.72 to 77-2005) were probably designed by Philip Webb, and these are also known from stained glass from the Red House. A panel of glass of this design is in the V&A (C.63-1979; cat no. H5 in the 1996 V&A William Morris exhibition). Examples of the some of the tiles matching these designs are in the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow (see Richard and Hilary Myers, William Morris Tiles, 1996, pp10-11), but the set of six represents the complete set, and as such are an important group. The remaining tiles from the fireplace (represented by C.78 & 79-2005) were of another early Morris & Co. design, Leaves and Berries (see pp14-15 of the same publication).

Descriptive line

Tile, 'Leaves and Berries', Morris & Co., ca.1860-70

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Myers, Richard and Hilary, William Morris Tiles, Shepton Beauchamp, 1996, pp.14-15.

Materials

Earthenware; Tin glaze

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Berries; Leaves

Categories

Tiles; Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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