DescriptionArtful colorations and patterns characterize the work of William Morris (British, 1834–1896), one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts movement and a forerunner of modern design. In 1861, he co-founded a London interior design firm (reorganized in 1875 as Morris & Co.) to create a full range of handcrafted household objects. Morris was a prolific designer of patterned wallpapers and fabrics, which he often based on indigenous English plants. The elegant botanical motif featured on our stylish bangle is adapted from an original Morris & Co. textile in the Museum’s collection: Rose and Lily (ca. 1905).
Silver overlay, with printed lacquer. Slip-on styling. 3/4''W; inner circumference: 8''.
- Silver overlay, with printed lacquer
- Slip-on styling
- 3/4''W; inner circumference: 8''
Art HistoryA talented writer, designer, and administrator, William Morris (British, 1834–1896) was one of the most influential figures of the British Victorian era. In 1861, he and others founded the interior design firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner, & Co. Calling themselves “fine art workmen,” they deliberately broke down the modern barrier between fine and decorative art, and established an equivalent to the cooperative guilds of the Middle Ages. The firm designed and produced a full range of household objects including stained glass, metalwork, furniture, and textiles. In 1875, the original partnership dissolved, and the firm was reorganized as Morris & Company, under Morris’s sole direction. In the next decades, Morris & Co. prospered both artistically and commercially, as its remarkable range of domestic and ecclesiastical furnishings and renowned craftsmanship made it a household name.