Biscuit barrel

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made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

Postcard of Biscuit barrel.
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Biscuit barrel

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

The barrel and matching lid are decorated with hand-painted plums. The lid is also inscribed '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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Online ID: 000-180-000-348-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.45
Date: Between 1916 and 1928
What: Barrel, biscuit
Subject: Ceramics
Who: Robert Heron and Son, Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy
Description: Biscuit barrel in earthenware with hand painted plums and `Biscuits' on the lid, Wemyss ware, made by Robert Heron and Son, Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy, 1916 - 1928
  • Peter Davies & Robert Rankin, Wemyss ware: A Decorative Scottish Pottery, Scottish Academic Press, 1986 
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