Salt crock, associated with Robert Burns

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made in Glasgow

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Salt crock, associated with Robert Burns

This stoneware salt crock, also known as a 'saut bucket' was made around 1850 at the Caledonian Pottery in Glasgow. It is decorated with statuettes of 'Tam O'Shanter' and 'Souter Johnny', characters from Robert Burns's poem 'Tam O'Shanter'. A souter was a shoemaker or cobbler.

The decoration also includes women reading a teacup, vine leaves, fruit and masks.

Robert Burns is acknowledged around the world as a poet and songwriter of extraordinary impact. His unique voice has had a lasting appeal in Scotland and throughout the world. His poetry has been translated into over 25 languages.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-247-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1894.67
Date: Around 1850
c. 1850
Material: Stoneware, pale brown
Dimensions: 356 mm H x 213 mm D
What: Salt crock
Who: Caledonian Pottery (Maker)
Souter Johnny
Tam O'Shanter
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Stoneware salt crock decorated with statuettes of Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnny, and bas-reliefs of women reading a teacup, vine leaves, fruit, and masks, by Caledonian Pottery, Glasgow, c. 1850
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