Fireplace at Kelmscott manor The fireplace in the Green Room at KelmscottManor

The tiles are reproductions of the original hand-painted tiles on the fireplace in the Green Room at Kelmscott Manor

Tulips & Carnations tilesTULIP AND CARNATION
It’s likely that Morris & Company’s shop stocked Dutch tiles as early as 1863 as well as importing plain white tiles for painting. Tulips and Carnation were used in the fireplaces at Kelmscott Manor, in the former dining room and now in the Green Room.

After the Daisy, the second tile pattern to gain popularity was the Swan with its blue and white alternating motifs of stylised birds and leafy twigs once again arranged on a grid. Its first recorded use was on the overmantels and fireplace jams at the Hill and Queens ‘College, both in about 1864.

There were a number of distinct variations to the Swan tile over its years of production. It was used in the Fairytale overmantels, fireplace and washstand at the ‘The Hill’, the overmantel at Queens College Cambridge, and later on the fireplace in the Green Room at Kelmscott Manor.

Aerichoke and SunflowerARTICHOKE AND SUNFLOWER
Artichoke and Sunflower have been ascribed to Morris, although many believe it could be the work of William De Morgan. Both Artichoke and Sunflower can be seen in the rudiments of a style which was to become the hallmark of William De Morgan. He made a number of variations of the sunflower throughout his life, and between 1863 and 1872 did occasional designs for Morris & Company.