Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Art Tiles : Briar Rose Panels
Morris and Co. designs often were created for one medium and then adapted and modified for another. Edward Burne-Jones designed a set of nine two-tile Sleeping Beauty panels for a bedroom fireplace at 'The Hill', the home of painter Myles Birket Foster in the 1860s.
Ten years later, he developed a series of three small paintings, and then four larger works that he worked on intermittently from 1870 to 1890. The series was displayed with verses by William Morris. Unlike the fairy tale tales painted for 'The Hill', the Briar Rose series does not tell a sequential story but shows the sleepers as seen by the prince as he makes his way through the castle to The Rose Bower.
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About the Briar Rose Panels
Title: Edward Burne-Jones Briar Rose Tile Panels
Panels: 8 tiles, in 4 two-tile panels.
Size: 6 inch square tiles (15.4 cm)
Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)
Weight: 11.5 ounces (326 grams) each tile
One panel (2 tiles) $150
Set of 8: $535.
How to Order Briar Rose
Ordering is easy.
- Buy a sample tile.
Ceramic tile samples are nearly always 4.25 inches, regardless of final set size.
- Place your order.
You can also request an invoice.
Order a Sample Briar Rose Tile
You can order a sample tile
online or request an invoice
Order a sample tile
The cost of your sample tile will be subtracted from the shipping costs of your completed order.
How to Care for Your Tile
You can clean ceramic tiles with any household non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth or sponge.
Installing Your Tile
Laying out your tile in order will make installation easier. The back of each tile is marked by panel and tile: Briar Rose, panel 1, tile 1.
Use only unsanded grout when setting your tile.
: Briar Rose Story Tiles
Scene 1: The Briar Rose: The Briar Wood
In the original study for The Briar Wood some of the knights appear to be more feminine than masculine. Burne-Jones modelled the knights from women: Jane Morris, Georgiana (his wife), and Maria Zambaco, the Greek beauty who later became his paramour.
The fateful slumber floats and flows
About the tangle of the rose.
But lo the fated hand and heart
To rend the slumberous curse apart.
Scene 2: The Briar Rose: The Council Chamber
The threat of war, the hope of peace
The Kingdom's peril and increase.
Sleep on, and bide the latter day
When fate shall take her chains away.
Scene 3: The Briar Rose: The Garden Court
The maiden pleasance of the land
Knoweth no stir of voice or hand,
No cup the sleeping waters fill,
The restless shuttle lieth still.
Scene 4: The Briar Rose: The Rose Bower
Here lies the hoarded love the key
To all the treasure that shall be.
Come, fated hand, the gift to take
And smite the sleeping world awake.