Tin glazed earthenware polychrome dish with a raised boss in the center. Decorated with a flower in the center and carnations and leaves on the rim. In managane, blue, green and turquoise. Where other potteries imitated Islamic designs, De Morgan’s success lay in his ability not just to reproduce, but to create truly original designs inspired by the Iznik ware he admired so much. He wished most of all that his pots “murmur Persia rather than Staffordshire…anything but Staffordshire…”.
https://flic.kr/p/cFNjmf | William De Morgan red lustre tiles | Three inch Staffordshire blanks, with a variety of flower type designs, probably Chelsea or Merton Abbey period. Ex Jon Catleugh - the collector who knew his floral and early designs (and all the rest).