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  • Description

    Earthenware tile, solid buff body with raised decoration painted with blue and gold lustre under a clear glaze, featuring a winged griffin facing left, with foliage. Maker's mark on reverse.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1900 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 15.3 centimetres
    • Width: 15.3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        In the centre of a hand-combed grid.
  • Curator's comments

    This design is very close to signed work by Gordon Forsyth, see for exmaple, a tall vase with similar heraldic lion, illustrated in A.J. Cross, 'Pilkington's Royal Lancastian Pottery and Tiles', London 1980, p. 35, XXII. Tiles of this design formed part of the fireplace exhibited by Pilkington's at the Franco-British Exhibition in Paris of 1908, see Cross 1980, pp. 36-7, pls. 38A and 39.
    Pilkington's began experimenting with lustres following the 1900 Paris Exhibition, at which many international decorative designers had entered impressive pieces. The firm first exhibited lustre wares at the 1906 Arts and Crafts exhibition. For an account of Pilkington's experimentation with lustres in the early 20th century, see J. Hanson, 'Lustre Pottery', 'Pilkington's Lancastrian Pottery Society Newsletter', Vol. 1 (1998-9), pp. 97-101 and J. Hanson, 'William Burton and Lewis Day at the Paris Exhibition', 'Pilkington's Lancastrian Pottery Society Newsletter', Vol. 1 (1998-9), pp. 29-31. For an account of the experimentation with lustres and other new glazes by William Burton, the Managing Director of Pilkington's during the turn of the century, see W. Burton, 'Recent Advances in Pottery Decoration', reprinted in 'Pilkington's Lancastrian Pottery Society Newsletter', Vol. 1 (1998-9), pp. 31-34


  • Location

    On display: G34/dc5

  • Exhibition history

    Displayed in Addis Gallery lustre case since 2004

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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