Vase and cover
Painter / Maker
Decorated by Gordon Forsyth (1879-1952)
Manufactured by Pilkington’s Tile & Pottery Factory (1891-1957)
English (Manchester), circa 1910
Made for presentation to Charles Hercules Read from William Burton, and presumably by descent to one of Read’s two daughters, after Read’s death in 1921. Later with Geoffrey Godden (died 2016), until sold at Christie’s in 1989, when acquired by Sir James Stirling, and by descent.
A.J. Cross, Pilkington’s Royal Lancastrian Pottery and Tiles, 1980, pl. XXXI
Judy Rudoe, ‘The Curator, the Manufacturer, Collecting and Connoisseurship, Charles Hercules Read, William Burton and Justus Brinckman’, The Decorative Arts Society Journal 41 (2017), pp. 50-73, figs 4 & 5
National Trust for Scotland, 2000-15
British Museum, London
The purchase of this vase and cover by the British Museum was helped by the generosity of Lady Stirling and her family, as well as contributions from the Decorative Arts Society, and others. See Judy Rudoe, ‘An acquisition for the British Museum – thanks to the DAS!’ DAS Newsletter, 107 (Summer 2016), pp.4-5.
A second vase and cover made to be presented by Burton to Read is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.