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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.


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.