Porridge bowl & cover

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made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

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Porridge bowl & cover

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

The bowl and cover are hand-painted with thistles and leaves in green, yellow and purple. The cover has a thistle knob and a recess for a spoon.

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: 000-180-000-338-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.67
Date: Between around 1883 and 1930
c. 1883 - 1930
Material: Glazed and painted earthenware. Inscription: WEMYSS
Dimensions: 155 mm H x 175 mm D
What: Bowl, porridge / cover
Who: Robert Heron & Son, Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy (Fife Pottery)
Description: Wemyss Ware porridge bowl and cover hand painted with thistles and leaves in green, yellow and purple, 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 
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