Bulb bowl

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made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

Postcard of Bulb bowl.
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Bulb bowl

This Wemyss ware bulb bowl was made between around 1916 and 1930 at Robert Heron & Sons' pottery at Kirkcaldy in Fife. It was possibly decorated by Edwin Sandland.

The exterior and interior of the bowl are hand-painted with yellow daffodils with green leaves on a black background.

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. Edwin Sandland took over as chief decorator at Herons from 1916 until 1928. He came from a family of potters in Hanley in Staffordshire. The use of a black background was an innovation of his period. Heron's factory finally closed in 1930.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-322-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.86
Date: 1916 - 1930
Between around 1916 and 1930
Material: Glazed and painted earthenware. Inscription: WEMYSS
Dimensions: 100 mm H x 244 mm D
What: Bowl, bulb
Who: Edwin Sandland (Delineator)
Robert Heron & Son, Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy (Fife Pottery)
Description: Round Wemyss Ware bulb bowl hand painted with daffodils on a black ground, Scottish, Fife, Kirkcaldy, Fife Pottery, by Robert Heron & Son, possibly decorated by Edwin Sandland, 1916 - 1930
  • Peter Davies & Robert Rankin, Wemyss ware: A Decorative Scottish Pottery, Scottish Academic Press, 1986 
  • Wemyss Ware, p. 31, pl. 164a 
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