Tile Panel

1876 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 144, The Headley Trust Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The architect of Membland Hall in Devon commissioned this sumptuous design for bathroom tiles from William Morris (1834-1896). Morris had the tiles painted in the studios of William de Morgan (1839-1917). They represent a rare collaboration between these two creative geniuses.

Edward Charles Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke, was the builder of Membland Hall. He was a merchant banker. The hall was later demolished.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Slip-covered and hand-painted in various colours and glazed, on earthenware blanks
Brief Description
Tile panel, made up of 66 individual tiles, hand painted with a pattern of flowers and foliage. English, 1876.
Physical Description
Panel depicting scolling arcanthus leaves on a black background
Dimensions
  • Height: 1600mm
  • Width: 915mm
Style
Credit line
Given by Mr and Mrs Charles Handley-Read
Object history
This panel is one of six surviviing from Membland Hall which was demolished in 1928. Morris & Co. were commissioned to decorate Membland Hall in Devon, by George Devey, architect to the banker E.C. Baring, Baron Revelstoke. The squared up pattern and one other panel is at the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, with a note indicating that it was intended for the bathroom.



Historical significance: It is the only floral pattern for a tile panel on this scale by Morris. Presumably its ambitious size (of sixty-six individual tiles) and the need to produce a matching set suggested that he should turn to the better equipped De Morgan fo its production. The design remained on Morris & Co.'s stocklists until 1912-13 and a number of panels, other than the Membland six, are known to have been made. At least one uses De Morgan's own Fulham Pottery tiles. Far less particular than Morris, De Morgan supplemented his own production by using the Hamworthy tileworks (and other commercial manufacturers in Staffordshire and Shropshire) and the Carter & Co. pottery, also at Poole, to supply blanks for his own lustre- and colour-glaze wares.
Production
The blank tiles were bought in by De Morgan, from the Architectural Pottery, Poole, Dorset, and decorated at his Fulham factory.
Subjects depicted
Summary
The architect of Membland Hall in Devon commissioned this sumptuous design for bathroom tiles from William Morris (1834-1896). Morris had the tiles painted in the studios of William de Morgan (1839-1917). They represent a rare collaboration between these two creative geniuses.



Edward Charles Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke, was the builder of Membland Hall. He was a merchant banker. The hall was later demolished.
Bibliographic References
  • Parry, Linda (ed.), William Morris London : Philip Wilson, 1996K.19
  • Hildyard, Robin. European Ceramics. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 185177260X
  • Design Cities: 1851-2008. London: Design Museum, 2008, P.16-17 ill., p.138.
Collection
Accession Number
C.36-1972

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