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Vase

Vase

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1888-1898 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    William De Morgan, born 1839 - died 1917 (designer and maker)
    William De Morgan - Fulham Factory (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with lustre glaze on cream-coloured slip

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Evelyn Brooke in memory of her father, the Rev. Stopford Brooke

  • Museum number:

    C.79-1923

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 14, shelf 1

This vase was produced by the studio of William de Morgan whose output included some of the most distinctive wares of the nineteenth century art-pottery movement. His studio, with a focus on the creation of 'artistic' wares and the tireless experiments of De Morgan himself to reproduce various colours and glazes, was regarded as the antithesis of the large impersonal and industrialised factories. De Morgan was greatly influenced by Italian renaissance and Iznik ceramics, and aimed to perfect the vibrant lustres of such wares, as demonstrated on this vase.

De Morgan moved his pottery several times during his career, to meet the changing demands of his life and work, first at Chelsea (1872-82), then at Merton Abbey (1882-88) and finally at Fulham (1888-1898) after which De Morgan played an increasingly detached role in the company. This vase, although unmarked and undated, was probably made during the Fulham period when De Morgan produced some of his most exciting designs.

De Morgan was also associated with the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain producing ceramics for William Morris

Physical description

Large inverted pear-shaped vase with cylindrical neck joined to the body with handles, painted in yellow and ruby lustres on a cream-coloured slip. The main designs are those of a snake about to strike, and a peacock spreading its tail, both painted in lustres against a floral background. Birds and scrollwork are painted on the neck.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1888-1898 (made)

Artist/maker

William De Morgan, born 1839 - died 1917 (designer and maker)
William De Morgan - Fulham Factory (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with lustre glaze on cream-coloured slip

Dimensions

Height: 32.5 cm, Diameter: 21.5 cm at maximum

Descriptive line

Vase, William de Morgan, England, lustre-ware depicting a snake and a peacock.

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

Pinkham, Roger. Catalogue of the Pottery by William De Morgan. London : Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973.
p. 400, 401
Adamson, Glenn, Martina Droth and Simon Olding (ed.s) Things of Beauty Growing British Studio Pottery. New Haven, London, 2017
Victorian and Edwardian Decorative Arts, London : H.M.S.O., 1952

Labels and date

Vase
William de Morgan, England,

C.79-1923 Given by Miss Evelyn Brooke in memory of her father, the Rev.S.Brooke [23/05/2008]

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Lustre

Subjects depicted

Bird; Peacock; Snake

Categories

Ceramics; Art Pottery

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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