Earthernware Tile, De Morgan, Rose and Foliage
The design comprises a single rose on a double stem with leaves in rich green and turquoise 'Persian colours'.
De Morgan was strictly a ceramic designer and used factory made blank tiles, vases and dishes. He acted as sole designer and used a team of skilled decorators to paint his designs onto the ceramics. His firm was based in Fulham, London, from 1872 to 1911.
De Morgan called his designs in blue and turquoise his ‘Persian colours’.
They were inspired by his deep knowledge of 16th century Turkish Iznik ceramics.
Tiles were De Morgan's core product. He produce hundreds of designs featuring flowers, animals and sailing ships. They were used in fireplaces, on walls and as decorative framed panels.
- De Morgan is known for the hundreds of decorative tiles designed by himself and painted by skilled decorators in his firm.
- De Morgan is the most important ceramicist of the Arts and Craft Movement, and supplied ceramics to William Morris’s company.
I’m responsible for the art collections in the museum which cover fine art (paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture) dating from 1650