Ceramics exhibition opens at Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight

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A stunning collection of ceramic objects by renowned Victorian ceramic designer William De Morgan has opened at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight.

Sublime Symmetry: De Morgan Ceramics, with around 70 objects on loan from the De Morgan Foundation, will be on display until January 9, 2022.

Born in 1839, De Morgan was a longtime friend of William Morris and became a leading figure in the Arts and Craft movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Famous for his glazed tiles and pottery in rich, brilliant colors with fantastic birds and beasts for decoration, De Morgan’s work used innovative glazes and firing techniques, while his tiles often recall medieval design motifs. or Islamic.

Nicola Scott, Exhibition Curator, National Museums Liverpool, said: “De Morgan combined technical genius with artistic flair to create these symmetrical designs, with motifs of birds and mythical creatures among his most imaginative and iconic . The exhibition celebrates the artist’s structure and technical process as well as the beauty of ceramics.

“On a personal note, I can’t help but think of Liverpool with its Liver Bird emblem and the fabulous Audubon books in the city’s central library with their exquisite and world famous bird illustrations. The Liverpool City area is the perfect place to celebrate this imaginative, technical and bird-loving genius.

De Morgan’s pieces will be on display alongside the internationally renowned Pre-Raphaelite collection of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, which includes world-renowned paintings by Edward Burne-Jones.

Entrance to the exhibit is free, but visitors are encouraged to pay what they think is a fair price.


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