Charger

  • Designer / Maker

    Designed and manufactured by William De Morgan (1839-1917)

  • Detail

    Earthenware, with lustre decoration

    51.4 cm

    English (London), circa 1885

  • Provenance

    […]; Richard Dennis; private collection

  • Literature

    Martin Greenwood, The Designs of William De Morgan, 1989, p. 217, pl. 114 and p. 64, cat. no. 1312 (design for border)

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Note

    A second charger on this exceptional scale, with the same design slightly differently painted, is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (29.32).  The museum’s website notes that its charger, which was formerly in the collection of William Morris, has been widely exhibited:

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “The Arts & Crafts Movement in Europe & America, 1880–1920: Design for the Modern World,” December 19, 2004–April 3, 2005, unnumbered cat. (fig. 2.1).

    Milwaukee Art Museum. “The Arts & Crafts Movement in Europe & America, 1880–1920: Design for the Modern World,” May 19–September 5, 2005, unnumbered cat.

    Cleveland Museum of Art. “The Arts & Crafts Movement in Europe & America, 1880–1920: Design for the Modern World,” October 16, 2005–January 8, 2006, unnumbered cat.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection,” May 30–October 5, 2008.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900 to the Present,” June 23, 2009–May 1, 2011.

    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 1–May 9, 2013, no. 122.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design,” May 20–October 26, 2014.

    A third charger was with the Fine Art Society, Spring ’99 catalogue, no. 17.