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Basic Information

Accession Number:1949M81
Collection:Applied Art - Pottery
Date:1882 - 1888

Maker Information

Designer:William De Morgan - View biography for William De Morgan
Painter:Fred Passenger - View biography for Fred Passenger


This late 19th century earthenware vase was designed by William De Morgan (1839-1917).De Morgan had no formal training as a potter; his career in this field developed from a brief period as a painter of stained glass which he abandoned in 1872 under the influence of an inheritance and his friend William Morris.De Morgan set up a small workshop at his house in Chelsea where he was able to exercise his considerable ability as a designer of decoration for pottery with experiments into the chemistry of ceramic decoration and the construction of kilns and other equipment. He continued to pursue these interests when the factory moved to Merton Abbey, near London (1882-1888) and Fulham (1888-1898).

Presented by Miss Bridget D'Oyly Carte, 1949.

Further Information

Production Period:19th Century
School/Style:William de Morgan
Medium:Earthenware, with polychrome enamels and glazes.
Place of Origin:Surrey, England


Height:165 mm
Diameter:158 mm