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Panel with flying ducks: C.3-1980

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Panel with flying ducks


Designer: Webb, Philip
Maker: Morris and Company




Nine quarries, hand-painted in brown and yellow and leaded together to form a panel.
Five quarries are of clear glass, each decorated with a beady eyed bird. At top left is a flying duck; at bottom right the same design, reversed. At top right and bottom left is a heron with raised wings. In the centre is another bird (perhaps a magpie), front facing, with splayed legs and raised tail. Alternating with these are green glass quarries, each with a daisy-like plant with three flowers and four crescent-shaped buds. The panel is mounted in a wooden frame on a flat wooden stand, with a white Perspex sheet behind the glass.


History note: Bought from Morris & Company by previous owner, 1940. The Fine Art Society in association with Haslam & Whiteway, 1979

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, bought from the Fine Art Society

Measurements and weight

Height: 55.0 cm
Height: 21.675 in
Width: 59 cm
Width: 23.25 in

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Red Lion Square ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1980-02-04) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th century
Circa 1860 CE - 1865 CE


The National Trust has reproduced five bird designs, including these, on individual quarries, for sale to the public at Red House.

These quarries originally formed part of a window, and are thought to come from the nursery at William Morris’s home, Red House, Bexleyheath. Glass of similar design remains there in the windows of the gallery leading to the back porch. The architect Philip Webb (1831-1915) designed Red House with Morris, as well as three other houses, including Standen, East Grinstead, for which Morris & Company supplied the interiors. Webb was a partner in Morris & Co., and also designed designed furniture, embroideries, metalwork, jewellery and glass for the business. Webb contributed to window designs up to around 1875. His designs are notable for their crispness. His pattern wok and borders have been credited with ‘a distinction unmatched elsewhere in 19th Century stained glass’ (see Sewter).

School or Style

Arts and Crafts (movement)

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Parts composed of clear glass green glass
Each Quarry Square 16.5 cm Square 6.5 in

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-1980
Primary reference Number: 28089
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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