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William De Morgan (British, London 1839–1917 London)

Artist:
Merton Abbey Pottery Works
Date:
1882–88
Medium:
Lustred earthenware
Dimensions:
Diameter: 20 1/4 x D. 2 5/8 in. (51.4 x 6.7 cm) Weight: 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1929
Accession Number:
29.32
  • Description

    In 1869 de Morgan, a painter and stained-glass artist who designed tiles and glass for the William Morris firm, began decorating pottery; by 1873 he was running a highly successful pottery manufacture. He revived the medieval luster technique to decorate ceramics with an iridescent metallic surface, and from about 1875 favored "Persian" colors-pigments made from such metallic oxides as silver, which produces a brassy yellow, and copper, for a rich ruby red. These lusterwares were shown at the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris.

  • Provenance

    the artist (in 1888); William Morris, London; Edward H. Van Ingen, New York (until d. 1920); Private collection (until 1929; anonymous gift to MMA)

  • Exhibition History

    Los Angeles, LACMA. "The Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America, 1880-1920." LACMA December 12, 2004-March 20, 2005; Delaware Art Museum June 17-September 11, 2005; Cincinnati Art Museum October 21, 2005-January 15, 2006.

    Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. "Earth, Sea, and Sky. Nature in Western Art: Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 6, 2012–January 4, 2013, no. 122.

    Beijing. National Museum of China. "Earth, Sea, and Sky. Nature in Western Art: Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 8–May 9, 2013, no. 122.

  • References

    M.M.A. Bulletin, vol. XXIV, 1929, p. 86 (illus.)

  • See also
487663

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