The Ashmolean

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Ashmolean Museum

Beaumont Street

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An impressive display of William De Morgan ceramics, which document his career from the early Chelsea Period (1872 – 1882) through to his adventures in developing Moonlight lustre glazes is on long-term loan to the Ashmolean. Highlights in the display include De Morgan’s ruby lustre dish with a single peacock feather emblazoned across it, arguably his truest Aesthetic design, and the Persian rice dish, where fish twist and turn across the undulating surface of the piece, emphasising both form and surface decoration. The display welcomes visitors to the Ashmolean’s 19th century galleries which provide the perfect context for the wider art movements with which William De Morgan was associated.

Dolphin Dish

Ruby lustre earthenware dish. Decorated with a fantastic dolphin facing left, against prickly leaves. Reverse with concentric rings of cream, red lust…

Galleon Bowl

Tin glazed earthenware polychrome bowl. Decorated with a galleon sailing on a sea filled with fish. The outside decorated with a vertical fish pattern…

Fish Bottle

Tin glazed earthenware polychrome globular shaped bottle with a long balustered neck. The body of the bottle has a fish pattern and a scale pattern on…


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