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Biscuit barrel

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made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

Biscuit barrel
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This Wemyss ware biscuit barrel was made between 1916 and 1928 at Robert Heron & Sons' pottery at Kirkcaldy in Fife.

The barrel and lid are both decorated with hand-painted oranges. The lid is also inscribed with the word 'Biscuits'.

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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