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A MORRIS, MARSHALL, FAULKNER & CO. FRAMED TILE PANEL DESIGNED BY EDWARD COLEY BURNE JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. AND WILLIAM MORRIS
A MORRIS, MARSHALL, FAULKNER & CO. FRAMED TILE PANEL DESIGNED BY EDWARD COLEY BURNE JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. AND WILLIAM MORRIS
A MORRIS, MARSHALL, FAULKNER & CO. FRAMED TILE PANEL DESIGNED BY EDWARD COLEY BURNE JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. AND WILLIAM MORRIS
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A MORRIS, MARSHALL, FAULKNER & CO. FRAMED TILE PANEL DESIGNED BY EDWARD COLEY BURNE JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. AND WILLIAM MORRIS

CIRCA 1865

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A MORRIS, MARSHALL, FAULKNER & CO. FRAMED TILE PANEL DESIGNED BY EDWARD COLEY BURNE JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. AND WILLIAM MORRIS
CIRCA 1865
Comprising two square tin-glazed Dutch tiles, with polychrome decoration in overglaze enamel, depicting Cleopatra standing before a scrolling banner, inscribed 'IMAGO CLEOPATRAE AEGYPTI REGINAE: MARTYRIS', against a blue background
15 x 8 ¾ in. (38 cm. x 22.3 cm.) including frame
Provenance
Peter Rose recorded that this was acquired from The Fine Art Society, 1992.
Literature
R. and H. Myers, William Morris Tiles, Shepton Beauchamp, 1996, p. 22, pl. 38.
B. Coleman, The Best of British Arts & Crafts, Atglen, PA, 2004, p. 230
Exhibited
Walthamstow, The William Morris Gallery, 'Morris & Company Tiles', 14 September 1996 - 5 January 1997, no. 24.
London, The Fine Art Society, November 1993.

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Edward Burne-Jones designed a set of twelve tile panels each depicting a female figure inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's visionary poem 'The Legend of Goode Wimmen'. An entry in his accounts for 'Tiles 12 Single figures £3' in May or June 1862 probably refers to the series and would suggest that this was 'the firm's earliest essay in decoration based upon a theme which was to recur in various media...over the ensuing three and a half decades.' Burne-Jones was to rework the 'Good Women' for a set of embroidered hangings planned for Ruskin. For further discussion of the series see R. and H. Myers, William de Morgan Tiles, Shepton Beauchamp, 1996, pp. 21-25.

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