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Ruby lustre bowl with ship design: EC.11-1941

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Ruby lustre bowl with ship design


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




White earthenware bowl, glazed and painted with ruby, pink and bronze lustre.

Wide bowl with circular central motif of a ship in full sail on a swirling sea, with sailors and seagulls, in ruby on a white ground. Surrounding this, on the inside of the bowl three ruby and white fantasy dolphins swim in a ruby sea. The design is highlighted with pink and bronze. On the outside, a band of ruby arches and pink fleur-de-lys motifs is set on a white ground,above two broad bands of ruby. There is a further, narrower, band of ruby around the foot ring and three more on the underside, which is slightly concave and glazed.


History note: Given by H C Mossop Esq., 1941.

Legal notes

Given by H C Mossop Esq., 1941.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 16.5 cm
Diameter: 6.5 in
Height: 7.5 cm
Height: 3 in

Place(s) associated

  • Fulham ⪼ London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941) by Mossop, H. C.


19th Century, Late-20th Century, Early#
Victorian / Edwardian
1879 CE - 1911 CE


Fred Passenger joined William De Morgan as a decorator, in 1879, following his brother Charles, who joined two years earlier. 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 ship 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 ( ruby, pink and bronze)

Materials used in production

clear Glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : White earthenware, glazed and painted with lustre.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: FP
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in ruby lustre
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.11-1941
Primary reference Number: 76858
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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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