My Daily Art
He was a good friend of William Morris, and as such, contributed much to the Arts and Crafts movement in England. With this 1890 earthenware vase from the WAG collection, De Morgan has turned to Islamic sources (mainly from Iran and Turkey) both for the arabesque patterns and bird motifs, but also for the elegant gourd shape and lustre glazes.
A half metre in height, the vase carries its heft with incredible balance and grace. For me, it is one of the most beautiful objects in our decorative arts collection, the gift of one of the WAG’s most generous anonymous donors.
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