William Morris for Morris & Co. A Pair of 'Minstrel' Two-Tile Panels, circa 1905
Lot 194
William Morris for Morris & Co. A Pair of 'Minstrel' Two-Tile Panels, circa 1905
Sold for £4,750 (US$ 7,983) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
William Morris for Morris & Co.
A Pair of 'Minstrel' Two-Tile Panels, circa 1905
both depicting the minstrel holding short double pipes, one facing left, one facing right, the left facing panel with fruit in tones of blue, the right facing panel with fruit highlighted in turquoise, in original ebonised frames
each panel 25cm x 12cm (exc. frame), tiles unmarked, reverse to one frame with 'Morris, 449 Oxford St, London W' printed mark, each in pen 'H.C. Marillier' (repairs) (2)


  • Morris's 'Minstrel' tiles were produced with a range of different musicians and were available as tile as well as stained glass panels. Originally in production from the early 1870s, they went on to be developed with four different glaze methods over 40 years: Over-glaze blue; over-glaze colour; in-glaze colour and finally in-glaze blue. The designs were re-drawn at one stage from Morris's originals by C. F. Murray. After Morris's death in 1905, 'Morris & Co.' passed to the control of F. and R. Smith, with H. C. Marillier being made Managing Director. Marillier reintroduced certain ranges of merchandise in a "more Edwardian style". This included tile production.

    For more information please see Richard and Hilary Myers's 'William Morris Tiles', Richard Dennis Publications, 1996, pg. 75-78, and plate 32.


    H.C. Marillier, by descent
    Acquired Christies South Kensington, 29 May 1998, lot 300 and 301


    1934 Morris & Co. Centenary Exhibition, Loaned by Mr Marillier
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