Lemon squeezer

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made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

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Lemon squeezer

This Wemyss ware lemon squeezer was made between 1916 and 1928 at Robert Heron & Sons' pottery at Kirkcaldy in Fife. It was decorated by Edwin Sandland.

The base is cylindrical and straight sided, with a spout and circular handle at opposite sides. The lid is conical and ribbed with a perforated rim to strain the lemon juice and catch the pips. The base is hand-painted with lemons and leaves.

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: 000-180-000-337-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.66
Date: 1916 - 1928
Between 1916 and 1928
Material: Glazed and painted earthenware. Inscription: WEMYSS
Dimensions: 90 mm H x 120 mm L x 80 mm D
What: Squeezer, lemon / cover
Who: Robert Heron & Son, Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy (Fife Pottery)
Description: Wemyss Ware lemon squeezer and cover painted with lemons, leaves and green detail, Scottish, Fife, Kirkcaldy, Fife Pottery, by Robert Heron & Son, 1916 - 1928, decorated by Edwin Sandland
  • Peter Davies & Robert Rankin, Wemyss ware: A Decorative Scottish Pottery, Scottish Academic Press, 1986 
  • Wemyss Ware, pl. 235b; p. 31 
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