Auction of the week
Ceramics and Glass, Furniture and Works of Art Sale, Duke’s of Dorchester, Dorset, 9th February
Not one but four lots of tiles designed by the ceramic artist William de Morgan go under the hammer this week, including a particularly special section of tile panel from the colourfully clad Debenham House, pictured, in London's Holland Park.
The property is one of the finest Arts and Crafts houses from the period and once home to Ernest Debenham of the department store empire. Its interiors are lavishly decorated with bright mosaic ceilings and numerous De Morgan tiles which include some of the finest ceramic tile panels William De Morgan’s workshop ever created.
Measuring 18 x 22in the nine-tile section is framed to form a two-sided display and is expected to fetch £800-£1,500. There are also two pairs of De Morgan pottery tiles depicting blue carnations (£200-£400) and Persian blue flowerheads (£300-£600) as well as a suite of seven pottery tiles decorated with blue thistle heads (£500-£1,000).
Other sale highlights include a Victorian collector’s cabinet full of preserved butterflies (£1,000-£2,000) and a William and Mary walnut and marquetry cabinet on stand (£4,000-£8,000)
Keep an eye out for our feature on William de Morgan in an upcoming issue.
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