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Arts & Crafts Hand Painted Tile

Condition: Excellent
Price: £150 (approx $192)
Stock number: 06682

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Three very tiny, half a dozen minute rim chips, very minor surface marks.


Style: Arts & crafts floral
Technique: Hand painted
Designer: Wm Scott Morton*
Manufacturer: Scott Morton & Co*
Dimensions: 6" x 6"
Date: circa 1880


A lovely, lively flowing arts & crafts design with seven different flowers bursting from a flowerpot. Freehand painted from a design in the pattern book, more 'arts & crafts' than Wm de Morgan tiles which were painted to an outline, pounced or traced (indeed many Wm de Morgan tiles designs painted on to transfer paper, many in Italy, before being applied to the tile). Believed to be designed by William Scott Morton and painted on a plain Craven Dunnill tile in the studios of Scott Morton & Co of Edinburgh.

Similar tiles although without the green background and on Maw's blanks were fitted into a bespoke cast iron fireplace with brass decoration marked in the casting verso "Designed by W Scott Morton". The tiles bear a good resemblance to tiles by Shrigley and Hunt with whom Scott Morton was associated.

William Scott Morton (1840 - 1903) was a well known figure in architecture and design circles in the 1870s and 1880s working for and with various companies and noted designers including the noted tile designer John Moyr Smith on the interior work of Overtoun House at Dumbarton.

He was a prolific architect and designer and somewhat of a prodigy as from the age of nineteen he was successful in selling designs to carpet and lace manufacturers, within a few years he obtained an entrée to Royal Academy circles. He moved from Carluke to London around 1859 where he remained for about eight years before returning to Scotland, in 1870 Scott Morton and his younger brother John set up business in Edinburgh as Morton & Co, William practising as architect and designer and John in charge of the workshops of the cabinet-making, wall-paper manufacturing and interior design business. By 1881 Scott Morton had ceased to practice architecture as such, in July of that year he became the Scottish agent of Shrigley & Hunt and was a stockist of Falkirk Iron Company fireplaces and accessories.

Verso Craven Dunnill embossed, some rust stain, some remaining grains of mortar, side edges nibbled.


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