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Arts & Crafts Eagle Tile Scott Morton


Condition: Very good
Price: £95 (approx $147)
Ref: 01113

 

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Very small slice off the bottom left corner and a few tiny chips around the edges (the one near the middle of the left edge is a glazed over manufacturing imperfection) and some wear to the decoration.

 

• Style: Arts & Crafts
• Technique: handpainted
• Manufacturer: Maw & Co / Shrigley & Hunt / Scott Morton & Co*
• Designed by: William Scott Morton, Morton & Co.*
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1880

 

This superb design of an eagle in a natural spreadeagle pose perched on flowing flower branches is full of life. The design fills the tile without being burdensome, the mark of a great designer. This tile was 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 and are surely a limited perhaps exclusive design unlikely to be found again.

William Scott Morton 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. It seems very likely that he designed these tiles as well as the fireplace that they were removed from and that they were decorated in the Lancaster works of Shrigley & Hunt or in Morton & Co's own studios.

William Scott Morton (1840 - 1903) 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,

On Maw & Co cream clay body from the earlier Broseley works (pre 1885), similar in style and characteristic colours of Shrigley and Hunt.

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