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 interior of the dish is hand-painted with apples, branches and leaves. The exterior has branches and leaves only. The footrim and rim are edged with green. The handles are painted with green leaf shapes.

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: 000-180-000-240-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.724
Date: Between around 1883 and 1930
Late 16th to early 17th century
Material: Stone
What: Stone / pediment, arched / shaft / finial / fragment
Who: Nisbets of Dean (Owner?)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh (Dean House)
Description: Two stones, an arched pediment in three fragments and a shaft or finial, richly carved with heraldry, initials and masonic symbols, probably from Dean House, Edinburgh, late 16th or early 17th century
  • Peter Davies & Robert Rankin, Wemyss ware: A Decorative Scottish Pottery, Scottish Academic Press, 1986 
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