De Morgan, William

Lustreware charger designed by William de Morgan and painted by Halsey Ricardo

William de Morgan (1839 – 1917) was a lifelong friend of William Morris and introduced the principles of the Arts and Crafts Movement into ceramic design and manufacture.

For ten years he worked in partnership with the architect and designer Halsey Ricardo (1854 – 1928). Together they brought the art of lustreware (ceramics decorated with metallic oxides) to new heights of technical and creative brilliance, drawing inspiration from the Middle East where the technique had evolved many centuries before.

Fantastical animals and birds were among their favorite motifs, as here. De Morgan’s design for this charger is in the Victoria and Albert Museum. His work had a strong influence on the Burmantofts Pottery in Leeds where the monogrammist LK (recently identified as Leonard King) decorated ‘Persian Ware’ in his manner.

Earthernware lustre decoration

William de Morgan

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Sofa and side chairs

Fell, William and Turton, Lawrence

A sofa and four chairs

Chairs: H. 97; W. 71; D. 64. Sofa: H. 109; W. 211; D.74

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