Jackfield Tile Museum

Jackfield Tile Museum, Telford

Jackfield Tile Museum

Salthouse Road
Telford
TF8 7LJ

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Jackfield was once a centre of British tile production and the museum now gives an overview of this exciting history. You can walk through a recreated tiled pub, tube station, church and more. The De Morgan Foundation has lent four chargers by Maw & Co., a company who were working in a similar style to William De Morgan and producing lustre glazes at the same time. It is a fabulous setting for these loans.

Ruby Lustre Charger with Galleon and Fish

Ruby Lustre Charger with a galleon and three fish below, decorated by M.J. and marked with the Maw and Co. camel insignia. Maw & Co. was heavily influenced by the ceramics of William De Morgan. This was particularly so in the field of lusterware, as these items demonstrate. The exact production details of this charger is unclear. Whilst it was certainly manufactured by Maw & Co., it is marked as being designed by ‘M.J’. Two of the four Maw and Co. chargers in the De Morgan Collection have labels written by Mrs Stirling indicating they were made by William De Morgan. Few details are known, however, there is an ‘MJ’ listed as working as an artist for De Morgan from 1880 and it is possible that they are one and the same. It remains to be seen whether this charger was indeed decorated at the De Morgan site or by an artist working at Jackfield, after a design. Both scenarios are possible. it is however, more probable, that Mrs Stirling in her later years became confused as to De Morgan's connection to a stylistically similar work.…

Ruby Lustre Charger with Bear

Ruby Lustre Charger with a bear in a floral border on a Maw and Co. marked plate. A label on the back states that it is designed by William De Morgan and "given to the de Morgan Collection, old Battersea House, by the late Mrs Walter Pease, of Moulton Hall, Richmond, Yorkshire, and handed over to the Stirling Trustees by the National Trust. Maw & Co. was heavily influenced by the ceramics of William De Morgan. This was particularly so in the field of lusterware, as as this and three other items from the De Morgan Collection demonstrate. However, a label on the back states that it is designed by William De Morgan and "given to the de Morgan Collection, old Battersea House, by the late Mrs Walter Pease, of Moulton Hall, Richmond, Yorkshire, and handed over to the Stirling Trustees by the National Trust. The exact production details of this charger are unclear. Whilst it was certainly manufactured by Maw & Co., it has no decorators marks and it is possible that the blank plate was decorated in De Morgan's workshop. It remains to be seen whether this charger was indeed decorated at the De Morgan site or by an artist working at Jackfield, after a design. Both scenarios are possible. it is however, more probable, that Mrs Stirling in her later years became confused as to De Morgan's connection to a stylistically similar work.…

Ruby Lustre Charger with Galleon within a carnation border

Ruby Lustre Charger with Galleon and floral motif. Maw & Co. was heavily influenced by the ceramics of William De Morgan. This was particularly so in the field of lusterware, as these items demonstrate. The exact production details of this charger is unclear. Whilst it was certainly manufactured by Maw & Co., it is marked as being designed by ‘M.J’. Two of the four Maw and Co. chargers in the De Morgan Collection have labels written by Mrs Stirling indicating they were made by William De Morgan. Few details are known, however, there is an ‘MJ’ listed as working as an artist for De Morgan from 1880 and it is possible that they are one and the same. It remains to be seen whether this charger was indeed decorated at the De Morgan site or by an artist working at Jackfield, after a design. Both scenarios are possible. it is however, more probable, that Mrs Stirling in her later years became confused as to De Morgan's connection to a stylistically similar work.…

Ruby Lustre Charger with a central head and two dragons

Ruby Lustre Charger with a central head and two dragons. Decorated by MJ on a plate marked Maw and Co. Maw & Co. was heavily influenced by the ceramics of William De Morgan. This was particularly so in the field of lusterware, as as this and three other items from the De Morgan Collection demonstrate. Labels on the back of two out of four Maw and Co. chargers owned by the De Morgan Foundation state that they were designed by William De Morgan. The exact production details of this charger are unclear. Whilst it was certainly manufactured by Maw & Co., there is also a ‘MJ’ listed as working as an artist for De Morgan from 1880 and it is possible that they are one and the same. It remains to be seen whether this charger was indeed decorated at the De Morgan site or by an artist working at Jackfield, after a design. Both scenarios are possible. it is however, more probable, that Mrs Stirling in her later years became confused as to De Morgan's connection to a stylistically similar work.…

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