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Lustre dish with galleon design: C.67-1992

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Lustre dish with galleon design


Decorator: Passenger, Charles
Designer: De Morgan, William Frend
Maker: William De Morgan & Co. ((perhaps))




White earthenware, glazed and painted with silver, yellow and ruby lustre.

Circular dish with deep curved sides. The whole surface covered with a design in shades of silver-yellow, showing a five-oared galleon with two square sales on a wavy sea. The prow of the ship has a dragon head and the sails are decorated with fantastic birds. The sky is silver-yellow streaked with ruby, suggesting the red sky of sunset or sunrise. There are ruby birds in the sky, two ruby fish in the sea, and two tiny ruby people aboard the galleon. The outside of the dish has three concentric bands of silver-yellow. There are three further bands on the underside, which is flat and glazed, with a thin foot-rim.


History note: Uncertain before Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor

Legal notes

Given by Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, 1992

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 18.8 cm
Diameter: 7.4 in
Height: 3.3 cm
Height: 1.25 in

Place(s) associated

  • Fulham ⪼ London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1992-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


19th Century, Late-20th Century, Early#
Victorian / Edwardian
1877 CE - 1911 CE


Charles Passenger joined William De Morgan as a decorator, in 1877, and his brother Fred followed in 1879.With Frank Iles (kiln-master from c. 1873), they became De Morgan’s partners in 1889. When De Morgan’s pottery closed in 1907, the brothers and Iles set up their own business in Brompton Road, which ran until 1911. By agreement, they continued to use De Morgan’s designs, attaching a printed label which read ‘guaranteed designed by Wm De Morgan and executed by his original craftsmen’. William De Morgan tiles with similar galleon designs (perhaps decorated by the Passenger brothers) date back to the 1870s, but as there is no De Morgan mark, this piece may date from the later period.

School or Style

Arts and Crafts (movement)

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lustre ( silver-yellow and ruby)

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
White earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware coated in white slip, clear-glazed and painted in silver-yellow and ruby lustre.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: CP
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in silver-yellow lustre
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.67-1992
Primary reference Number: 75791
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 16 January 2024

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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