Flower bowl

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made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

Postcard of Flower bowl.
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Flower bowl

This Wemyss ware flower bowl was made between around 1883 and 1930 at Robert Heron & Sons' pottery at Kirkcaldy in Fife. The shape of this bowl, with its flat sides tapering to a flat base, is known as as 'Fife' flower bowl. A 'Fife' flower bowl could also be a dog or cat bowl with the addition of appropriate motifs or lettering.

The exterior of the bowl is hand-painted with two black cocks and five hens scratching in the grass. The rim is decorated with a band of green.

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: 000-180-000-244-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.76
Date: 1883 - 1930
Between around 1883 and 1930
Material: Glazed and painted earthenware. Inscription: WEMYSS WARE / R.H.&S.; T. GOODE & Co.
Dimensions: 90 mm H x 220 mm D
What: Bowl, flower
Who: Robert Heron & Son, Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy (Maker)
T. Goode & Co.
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy (Fife Pottery)
Description: Wemyss Ware Fife flower bowl hand painted with cocks and hens, 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 
  • Wemyss Ware, p. 45 
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