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made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

Postcard of Tumblers.
© National Museums Scotland


These four Wemyss ware tumblers were made between around 1883 and 1930 at Robert Heron & Sons' pottery at Kirkcaldy in Fife. They are of the type known as 'horn' tumblers.

From left to right the tumblers are hand-painted with chrysanthemums, heather sprays, kittens and crocuses.

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: 000-180-000-341-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.258.2
Date: Between around 1883 and 1930
c. 1880 - 1882
Material: Earthenware; glaze, paint
Dimensions: Cheese dish and cover 278 mm L x 278 mm W x 195 mm H
What: Cover, cheese dish
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain
Who: Professor Peter H. Davis (Collector and owner)
Robert Heron and Son, Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy
Description: Triangular earthenware cheese dish cover, with rustic blue handle, hand painted on each panel with a stork wading in a river, by Robert Heron and Son, Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy, c. 1880 - 1882
  • Peter Davies & Robert Rankin, Wemyss ware: A Decorative Scottish Pottery, Scottish Academic Press, 1986 
  • Wemyss Ware, pl. 4c 
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