Fountain Against a Grove of Trees (left hand of 2)

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Fountain Against a Grove of Trees (left hand of 2)

Object name: Decorative Tile Panel

William De Morgan (1839 - 1917)

Date: 1888-1897
700 x 760 mm
Medium: Hand painted earthenware tiles
Object number: CE006
DescriptionPolychrome tile panel in two sections depicting a near symmetrical scene of a fountain set against a backdrop of dense trees and foliage. It consists of fifty earthenware tiles, hand-painted in lustre. This panel is a duplicate of a series of twelve decorative panels which form part of a larger commission by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O), completed by De Morgan between 1882 and 1900. Unfortunately, the originals are now destroyed or lost but a small number of duplicates exist in public and private collections.

This design is typical of William De Morgan and of the Aesthetic movement during the final decades of the nineteenth-century. De Morgan drew inspiration from the applied arts and imagery of the Far East, the Middle East, Italy, and from scenes in the natural world.

Donated to the South London Gallery in 1922 by Harold Charles Mossop (1874-1941), a well known collector of De Morgan.

Benjamin Angwin - September 2014