Keywords: Flowers, Persian

Dates: 1882 - 1888

Marks / Inscriptions: Merton Abbey impressed pottery stamp on base of bottle.


In 1887 De Morgan was making a reputation for himself as a talented craftsman and he was commissioned by Lord Leighton to oversee the installation of his collection of ancient Middle Eastern tiles in the Arab Hall at Leighton House. De Morgan repaired broken tiles, made replacements for missing pieces and arranged the whole decorative scheme. The commission, which took De Morgan over two years to complete, allowed him to studythe antique tiles extensively at first hand and this informed his own techniques, glaze recipes and pattern designs throughout his career as a potter.

This very large bottle was almost certainly designed by De Morgan as an exhibition piece for one of the Arts and Crafts Society Exhibitions which were held in London from 1887 onwards. Its shape, colour palette and imagery are inspired by the ceramics of the Middle East.

Credit: (c) De Morgan Foundation Collection

Object Location: Loan - Watts Gallery Artists Village