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A Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company tile

A Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company tile
designed by Phillip Webb, painted by Lucy Faulkner, square, painted with a cockerel within beadwork border, the lunettes with scrolling foliage, in shades of blue and white LF monogram, 1868 (repaired, glaze chip) -- 15.5cm. wide
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Phillip Webb's account book with the Morris firm includes entries for three animal tiles - a Hare and a Cock (30th September 1869) and a Raven (1st January 1870) - charger at (3 each. The intention was probably to have them produced in Holland, rather than decorated at the Morris works, for later in 1870 Webb charged for another bird design specified as being a 'Dutch tile'. Dutch decorated examples of the Hare, Cock and Raven are occasionally encountered in both 13cm and 15cm versions and a set is in the William Morris Gallery.

Christie's would like to thank Richard and Hillary Myers, whose monograph on Morris and Comapany Tiles will be issued by Richard Dennis Publications, Spring 1996

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