Dessert dish

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made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

Postcard of Dessert dish.
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Dessert dish

This Wemyss ware dessert dish was made between around 1883 and 1930 at Robert Heron & Sons' pottery at Kirkcaldy in Fife. The dish is in the shape of a quaich - a traditional Scottish drinking vessel.

The exterior and interior of the dish are hand-painted with greengages. The footrim and rim are painted with a band of green and the handles have an 'X' shape outlined in green.

In the 19th century, Scottish potteries grew in number to meet the increased demand. The largest firms were near the Forth and Clyde rivers and Kirkcaldy became a major centre for potteries. Robert Heron & Co. were famous for their brightly painted, highly fashionable and expensive Wemyss Ware. The characteristic freely-painted decoration was introduced by Karel Nekola, a Czech who arrived in Kirkcaldy in 1883. Wemyss Ware continued to be produced in Kirkcaldy, by a variety of decorators, until the factory closed in 1930.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-238-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.70
Date: Between around 1883 and 1930
c. 1883 - 1930
Material: Glazed and painted earthenware. Inscription: WEMYSS WARE / R.H.&S.
Dimensions: 62 mm H x 267 mm W x 195 mm D
What: Dish, dessert
Who: Robert Heron & Son, Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy (Fife Pottery)
Description: Low Wemyss Ware quaich dessert dish, hand painted with greengages, Scottish, Fife, Kirkcaldy, Fife Pottery, by Robert Heron & Son, c. 1883 - 1930
  • Peter Davies & Robert Rankin, Wemyss ware: A Decorative Scottish Pottery, Scottish Academic Press, 1986 
  • Wemyss Ware, p. 119, pl. 254c; p. 44 
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