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Dish with Two Chimeras

ca. 1890-1900
William De Morgan

An authentic anti-modern crusade soon developed in Britain, where William Morris’ firm and the Arts and Crafts movement he helped to inspire proclaimed both the authenticity of the Middle Ages and the light of the East. William De Morgan (1839−1917), one of his disciples and rivals, lent his name to a whole line of orientalist production with multiple sources, both Islamic and Asian. His lustrous vases and dishes, bold colours and exotic decorations are sometimes based on very ancient models, like this Hispano-Moresque dish, thus adding the attraction of the primitive to that of faraway places.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Artist: William De Morgan
Title: Dish with Two Chimeras
Geography: London, United Kingdom
Date: ca. 1890-1900
Medium: ceramic, painted and glazed decoration
Classification: container, vase, tableware
Dimensions: D. 35.8 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2011.138
Contact for images: [email protected]
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