Vase and cover

  • Painter / Maker

    Decorated by Gordon Forsyth (1879-1952)

    Manufactured by Pilkington’s Tile & Pottery Factory (1891-1957)

  • Detail

    Lustre-decorated pottery

    English (Manchester), circa 1910

  • Provenance

    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.

  • Literature

    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

  • Exhibited

    National Trust for Scotland, 2000-15

  • Collection

    British Museum, London

  • Notes

    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.