Englishman William De Morgan (1839 - 1917) was at different stages of his life an artist, potter and writer. He studied at the Royal Academy and was influenced by the designs of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. As an artist his endeavours lay in the design of stained glass windows, and it was not until 1872 that he turned to ceramics, opening a pottery in Chelsea, London. In 1888 in partnership with others, he opened another pottery in Fulham, London. His art pottery is characterised by his use and mastery of glazes, and use of bold colours such as green, blue, yellow and red in Persian and Moorish designs. Morgan retired from the business in 1905, which had declined due to his absences abroad due to ill health, and the business closed in 1907. After his retirement Morgan became a writer and published seven novel before his death in 1917.
A William de Morgan ruby lustre charger, painted with a rampant lion against a background on scrolling foliage, the reverse with a band of concentric circles, painted mark 'W.de Morgan. & Co. Fulham', 40.5 cm dia
Joe Juster Persian jar and cover, made for William de Morgan, painted in blue and turquoise enamel with flowing foliate motifs in the Persian style, painted signature 'William de Morgan Fulham' and initials 'J. J.' for Joe Juster. Height 32 cm
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