Learning and working under the innovative wing of William Morris during the Arts and Crafts period, William De Morgan was a trendsetter in his own right.  Fascinated with the arts of the Muslim world, De Morgan went on to design tiles, stained glass, and even furniture for William Morris and the Morris Company from 1863 to 1872. Known to travel to the Arabian Peninsula to find new influences, it was on one of these voyages he met Ulisse Cantagalli of Florence, Italy. It was there in the Arabian Peninsula the two masters met creating a friendship that would last a lifetime and propel Cantagalli to international fame. William De Morgan got to express his love for the Middle East through Cantagalli with their collaborative effort in the design and production of Iznik influenced pottery.

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is proud to offer this exceptional example of a William De Morgan for Cantagalli Iznik style bottle vase. The vase stands just under seventeen inches on a short foot with a tear drop shaped body rising into an elongated neck. The vase sports a traditional Iznik floral design on a Lapis Lazuli deep blue background.  The underside of the vase displays the traditional Cantagalli rooster. The vase is conservatively estimated at $3,000 to $5,000 and is truly one of the finest examples to be offered on the open market. The vase will cross the block at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers on 7 May 2016 at 12:00 at 63 Fourth Ave, Cranston, RI, 02910.

Post written by Travis Landry


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