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Design

Design

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    William De Morgan, born 1839 - died 1917 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and sepia wash

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs William de Morgan

  • Museum number:

    E.1101-1917

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case C, shelf 106, box A

William de Morgan (1839-1917) was an eminent designer and potter. He was associated with the Art and Crafts movements and worked closely with William Morris, which shaped his artistic ideals. De Morgan is perhaps best known for his prolific tile production that drew inspiration from Middle-Eastern motifs and Italian Renaissance patterns. Other inspirations included nature, the work of William Morris, medieval art, and 16th- and 17th-century engravings for Dutch tile designs. He was interested in both the technical and aesthetic aspect of ceramic decoration.

Physical description

Circular dish design with winged beast (dragon?) at the centre, and miscellaneous border including designs of swans, fish and cherubs. A smaller design for a dish centre shows a bird-catcher in a boat.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

late 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

William De Morgan, born 1839 - died 1917 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and sepia wash

Marks and inscriptions

these two go alternately round one dish
annotated in pencil, relating to top left sections of border

Chelsea not executed
annotated on reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 260 mm main design

Descriptive line

Dish design with winged beast, William De Morgan, late 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Published in M. Greenwood, The Designs of William De Morgan (Shepton Beauchamp, 1989), p.55

Subjects depicted

Fish; Swans; Dragons; Putti

Categories

Designs; Ceramics

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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