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Red lustre bowl with bird design: EC.12-1941

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Current Location: In storage


Red lustre bowl with bird 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 central motif of a fantasy bird, in ruby and pink, surrounded by leaf sprays and dots in two shades of bronze. Surrounding this, inside the bowl, is a broad pink band decorated with eight ruby and pink tulips interspersed with bronze leaf sprays, with two thin bands of ruby above and below. On the outside is a band of ruby and white ogee arches, with floral motifs in pink and bronze, above two broad ruby bands, each with a narrow band under, finishing on the foot-rim. There are two further ruby bands around a filled ruby circle on the underside, which is slightly concave and glazed.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mr H.C.Mossop, 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 bird 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.12-1941
Primary reference Number: 76871
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Monday 4 September 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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