The Arming and Departure of the Knights Tapestry: Small
By Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris
These famed masters of the English decorative arts creatively capture the romance of the pursuit for the Holy Grail in this 1896 tapestry design. Though many dispute the specific nature of the mythological Grail, few question its magic as a shining symbol of adventure. A richly vibrant mille-fleur of golds, burgundies, greens and blues on a striking black background surrounds the figures. Handwoven in France on a jacquard loom, this exquisite masterwork accommodates optional rod and finials.
Shown with NG295531 rod and finials and two TD1800 tassels
Small: 44"Wx26"H. 2 lbs.
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  •    William Morris (1834-1896)

    William Morris was born in Walthamstow, Essex, on 24 March 1834. The son of a wealthy businessman, he enjoyed a comfortable childhood before going to Marlborough and Exeter College, Oxford. He originally intended to take holy orders, but his reading of the social criticism of Carlyle, Kingsley and Ruskin led him to reconsider the Church and devote his life to art.

    After leaving Oxford, Morris was briefly articled to G. E. Street, the Gothic Revival architect, but he soon left, having determined to become a painter. His admiration for the Pre-Raphaelites led him to be introduced to Dante Gabriel Rossetti whose influence can be seen on Morris's only surviving painting La Belle Iseult.

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