Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum, Hampshire
William De Morgan worked with P&O from 1882 – 1900 to design opulent tile schemes for the luxury public rooms of their ocean liners. Imagining where the ships might sail to, his designs are often based on Middle Eastern designs for which he was famous. On 30th December 1915, 343 passengers and crew of the P&O ship s.s. Persia were killed when the ship was torpedoed by a German U-Boat. This tragedy has been commemorated at Buckler’s Hard with a special display in the Maritime Museum, and the De Morgan Foundation proudly lend a De Morgan tile designed for this ship to the display.
9 inch tile with a primrose with three yellow flowers and symetrical leaves in a blue and manganes floral cartouche. Flower on an engobe ground. The tile was originally designed for use on the P&O ship s.s.Arabia. De Morgan Sands End Fulham Pottery Impressed Mark, reverse (k).
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