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William De Morgan BBB Turquoise Floral Tile
The sunflower design was used by the Victorian fireplace company Barnard, Bishop & Barnard in their cast iron fireplaces. This was one of the most popular designs produced and became known as the BBB. The BBB is an intricate design made up of several hand painted layers. The tile is overglazed with a final layer and fired to produce a stunning tile full of life and individuality. The BBB design can be used as a single decorative tile or alternatively it can be joined vertically using the left and right versions, making it ideal for a fireplace surround.
Price listed is per one tile and includes VAT.
William De Morgan Floral Tiles
De Morgan designed many variations of floral designs but most were based on daisies, roses, sunflowers or carnations. Probably the most popular tile De Morgan made was the BBB tile. This was originally designed for the Victorian fireplace company Barnard Bishop and Barnard from which the sunflower design gets its name. Many of the tiles include a left and right facing design to allow the tiles to connect vertically and some are cleverly designed to connect both horizontally and vertically.
Each tile measures at 6″ x 6″ (152mm x 152mm) x 8mm thick. Ideal for general wall use, or as fireplace tiles.
William De Morgan
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He began his career as a stained glass designer, and only later became a potter, supplying William Morris from his home in Chelsea, London. He then moved to a pottery works to Merton in 1881/2 and then to Fulham in 1886. He married Evelyn Pickering, the Pre-Raphaelite painter, in 1887.
During the Fulham period De Morgan experimented with glazes and rediscovered methods of making the intense greens and blues used in Majolica wares. He used these techniques in his own designs and became famous for his complex lusters and deep, intense underglaze painting. In 1907 William De Morgan left the pottery works and continued his life as a successful novelist.