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William De Morgan

William de Morgan is known for the decorative pottery that he produced in his London factories in Chelsea and at Merton Abbey in the 1870 and ‘80s. This was a mixture of three-dimensional hollow-wares, large dishes or chargers, and decorative tiles and tile panels.

Much of de Morgan's work was inspired by middle eastern, especially Isnik, pottery in its use of pattern, palette and lustre glazes. Other pieces have a more arts and crafts feel. Several highly skilled artist/ decorators interpreted de Morgan’s designs at the factory among them Charles and Fred Passenger.


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De Morgan tile bought for £8 on a stall takes £3800 at auction

26 October 2020

The Tavistock Pannier Market may well see an influx of sleeper-hunters following the canny purchase in June of a piece described as ‘a Cornish tile’.

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Martin Brothers bird among highlights of two-day decorative sale

26 October 2020

More than 700 lots of Decorative Arts and Design spanning the 19th through to the early years of this century were offered for sale by Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury over two days.

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De Morgan panel offered in Edinburgh

26 October 2020

This William de Morgan six-tile panel from c.1880 will feature in a two-day sale, Decorative Arts: Design since 1860, at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on November 2-3.

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De Morgan sets house record in Fife

06 July 2020

This 12½in (31cm) ruby lustre jar and cover, a textbook piece from William De Morgan’s Sands End Pottery (1888-1907), was the star at a recent sale at Bowler & Binnie (16% buyer’s premium) in Dunfermline.

Silverplated nutmeg grater

William De Morgan jar and Portobello Road dealer’s nutmeg grater are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

19 June 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a William De Morgan red lustre jar that made five-times estimate and a silverplated nutmeg grater from the late Portobello Road market stalwart Joan Dunk (1930-2019) that went 15-times over estimate.

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De Morgan Foundation goes digital with new initiative to attract a wider audience for artists work

20 August 2019

The De Morgan Foundation is launching a series of initiatives to bring the works of Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) and her husband William (1839-1917) to a wider audience.

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Another good day on the tiles for De Morgan

21 January 2019

The British Art Pottery sales at Woolley & Wallis have posted some remarkable sums for single William De Morgan tiles.

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William De Morgan tiles fly in Wolverhampton

19 June 2017

A group of five 8in (20cm) William de Morgan (1839-1917) tiles drew lively competitive bids at Cuttlestones in Wolverhampton on June 8.

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Bidders swoop for rare kingfisher tile

28 July 2012

A rare blue and white version of William De Morgan’s design of a kingfisher catching a fish while perched on a branch appeared at the latest Arts & Crafts sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury.

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De Morgan and Dresser star in double show

26 January 2008

Offered in one catalogue, British Art pottery was the main thrust of two sales held by Woolley & Wallis staged at the end of last year.

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Gueridon sets a £12,000 riddle after ‘scramble’ for summer sale

08 September 2004

DEVON, with its old wealth and influx of well-heeled retired couples, can provide a rich hinterland, but summer can still mean a bit of a scramble to find enough quality material to offer at Bearne’s (15/10% buyer's preimum) fine quarterly sales at Exeter.

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The right place for de Morgan and a Spanish mantel clock

08 September 2004

CHANNELLING more routine furniture through their Bicester auctions, the Oxford base of Mallams (15% buyer's premium) has been able to focus on selling more unusual, decorative and commercial entries, much to auctioneer Ben Lloyd’s satisfaction.

International interest wakens local pride – but at a price

05 May 2004

ANOTHER giant two-day sale on March 25-26 put together by David Lay (15% buyer's premium) saw the familiar rapid selling of two and three-figure lots, the cheaper ones mainly accounting for the unsolds, peppered with lots of more quality and wider interest.

De Morgan out of storage

02 February 2004

Whether your penchant is for Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco or later 20th century design, and whether you are looking for examples in ceramic, glass, metallic, furnishing or sculptural form, Sotheby’s Olympia’s first Decorative Arts sale of 2004 promises its usual broad mix.

Complexities of styles and design

06 June 2002

TILES: Tiles seem to be the new hot collecting area in British decorative ceramics. Following on from a sellout exhibition at Richard Dennis’s shop in Kensington last year, Bonhams held a sale of ceramic design in January that featured a large collection of De Morgan tiles which were pursued by a determined band of private collectors to prices that rivalled those of the pottery’s striking hollowwares.