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Muffin dish & cover

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made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

Postcard of Muffin dish & cover.
000-180-000-359-C
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Muffin dish & cover

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

The dish and cover are decorated with hand-painted pink cabbage roses with green leaves. This was one of the most popular Wemyss decorations.

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: 000-180-000-359-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.69
Date: Between around 1883 and 1930
c. 1883 - 1930
Material: Glazed and painted earthenware. Inscription: WEMYSS WARE / R.H.&S.; J5
Dimensions: 115 mm H x 225 mm D
What: Dish, muffin / cover
Subject:
Who: Robert Heron & Son, Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy (Fife Pottery)
Event:
Description: Wemyss Ware muffin (?) dish and cover hand painted with cabbage roses, Scottish, Fife, Kirkcaldy, Fife Pottery, by Robert Heron & Son, c. 1883 - 1930
References:
  • Peter Davies & Robert Rankin, Wemyss ware: A Decorative Scottish Pottery, Scottish Academic Press, 1986 
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