Bowl

English (London)
about 1890
Designed by William de Morgan (English, 1839–1917)


Object Place: Europe, England

Dimensions

Overall: 13.3cm (5 1/4in.) Other (Overall): 41.5cm (16 5/16in.)

Accession Number

1994.115

Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware with blue enamel and luster decoration

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Earthenware

Deep bowl with small foot and wide flange. Blue enamel decoration underneath the lustre decoration. Rosette and sunburst pattern in center of bowl surrounded by repeated eagle and stylized palmette and scroll decoration. Underside of rim decorated with repeated curved stripes in reserve, underside of bowl has scroll pattern in reserve, on a gold luster background.


De Morgan began his career as a painter and stained-glass artist. Like many members of the Arts and Crafts Movement, he was particularly interested in both the artistic and technical aspects of decoration. He experimented with different glazes on ceramics and developed a series of metallic-luster glazes, enamel colors, and decorative motifs inspired by Islamic pottery. This bowl is decorated with De Morgan’s renowned Moonlight and Sunlight lusters, achieved by firing copper and silver oxides.

Inscription

Marks: in gold luster on underside of foot: W.DE.MORGAN./FULHAM./F.P.

Provenance

By February 1994, with the Fine Art Society, London, England; April 1994, sold by the Fine Art Society to John H. J. Lewis, Esq., London, England; 1994, gift of John H. J. Lewis to the MFA. (Accession date: May 25, 1994)

Credit Line

Gift of John H.J. Lewis, Esquire