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made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

Postcard of Bowl.
000-180-000-329-C
© National Museums Scotland

Bowl

These two Wemyss ware bowls were made between around 1883 and 1930 at Robert Heron & Sons' pottery at Kirkcaldy in Fife.

The right hand bowl is hand-painted with cherries, the left with apples.

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: 000-180-000-329-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.201
Date: Between around 1883 and 1930
Material: Ceramic
Dimensions: 134 mm H x 110 mm Dia (rim)
What: Jug
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Description: Jug in Earlshall pattern, Wemyss ware
References:
  • Peter Davies & Robert Rankin, Wemyss ware: A Decorative Scottish Pottery, Scottish Academic Press, 1986 
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