Friday, 23 November 2012

Morris & Co - Inspiration and Realization


To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Morris and Company, inspired by   their  revolution in decoration , Royal Mail of Great Britain issued a set of six stamps feature the breadth of the company’s work on May 05, 2011.
 

http://d2cdm2jef6kgc7.cloudfront.net/stamps/2011/GB/GB057.11.jpgMorris and Company, founded in 1861, originally counted several of The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood among its partner, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Edward Burne-Jones.The 1st stamp above shown Cray furnishing fabric designed by William Morris , 1884 . This is courtesy  Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


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Morris was the main driving force however, putting his love of medieval aesthetics and respect for handcrafted work into the creation of countless beautiful objects, from furniture and painted tiles to embroideries and stained glass windows.

The 1st stamp above shown the Cherries decorative panel designed by Phillip Webb in 1867 . This is  courtesy  Victoria and Albert Museum, London .







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William Morris (1834–1896) was the single most influential designer of the nineteenth century. He have believed in beauty that can be performed. His philosophy has inspired generations of designers.

The 76 p stamp shown the Seaweed wallpaper designed by John Henry Dearle for Morris and Company, 1901. This is  courtesy Private Collection/The Bridgeman Art Library.






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Morris’s medieval-inspired aesthetic and respect for hand-craftsmanship and traditional textile arts had a profound influence on the decoration of churches and houses into the early 20th century.

The 76 stamp shown the Peony tile designed by Kate Faulkner in 1877. This is courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum,  London







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 The 1.10 pound stamp shown the Acanthus tile panel designed by William Morris and made by William de Morgan in 1876. This is courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


In 1871 Morris & Co. were responsible for the windows at All Saints church in the village of Wilden near to Stourport-on-Severn. They were designed by Edward Burne-Jones for Alfred Baldwin, his wife's brother-in-law.





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The 1.10 pound stamp shown The Merchant’s Daughter stained-glass panel designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones in 1864. This is courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Its most influential period was during the flourishing of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the 1880s and 1890s, Morris & Co. remained in operation in a limited fashion from World War I until its closure in 1940.




The firm's designs are still sold today under licences given to Sanderson and Sons (which markets the "Morris & Co." brand) and Liberty of London.

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