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On display on Level 1


Great Britain 1839 – 1917




Vase 1888-1897 Description: early Fulham period, amphora, decorated with a snake and a peacock, surrounded by plants, insects, birds and reptiles, in shades of green, blue, red, brown over an off-white slip, made by WILLIAM DE MORGAN & CO, Sand's End Pottery, Fulham
Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases earthenware, earthenware

Primary Insc: painted, c., on base "W.DE.MORGAN.& CO/ F & P" impressed, twice, on opposite edges of base, early Fulham period mark
Dimensions: 34.2 h x 31.3 w x 26.6 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1991
Accession No: NGA 91.680

William Frend De Morgan trained as a painter before commencing work in stained glass and ceramic tile decoration in 1864. He collaborated with William Morris from 1863 on the design of his decorated architectural tiles. In 1872 he established a pottery in Chelsea, London where his specialty was ceramics decorated with vivid designs using lustre glazes, inspired by Italian, Middle Eastern and Moorish pottery of the 15th and 16th centuries. His partners from 1898, ceramic painters Charles and Fred Passenger, kept the firm running after De Morgan’s retirement from ceramics in 1907 to become a novelist.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design