Ceramic basket

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made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

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Ceramic basket

This Wemyss ware basket was made between around 1883 and 1930 at Robert Heron & Sons' pottery at Kirkcaldy in Fife.

The oval basket has a wavy rim and loop handle. The exterior of the basket is hand-painted with sweet peas.

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: 000-180-000-326-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.179
Date: Between around 1883 and 1930
c. 1883 - 1930
Material: Earthenware; paint, glaze. Inscription: WEMYSS [impressed semicircular] / T GOODE & Co SOUTH AUDLEY St LONDON W [stamped black cartouche]
Dimensions: 216 mm H x 110 mm D
What: Quaich
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain
Who: Professor Peter H. Davis (Collector and owner)
Robert Heron and Son, Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy (Maker)
T. Goode and Company (Retailer)
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy
Description: Wemyss Ware tall quaich, hand painted with a black cockerel and two hens with red combs among grass, by Robert Heron and Son, Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy, c. 1883 - 1930
  • Peter Davies & Robert Rankin, Wemyss ware: A Decorative Scottish Pottery, Scottish Academic Press, 1986 
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