Vividly glazed, shouldered baluster-form monochrome art vase from the Burmantofts Pottery c1890. The vase is in their characteristic turquoise faience glaze decorated with 'sun bursts' throughout its body. Incised Burmantofts Faience mark, pattern number and monogrammed 'H' (unknown). The vase measures 21.5 cm in height.
The company (initially producing architectural ceramics) was started by William Wilcock and John Lassey in 1859 following the discovery of fire clay in a mine owned by Wilcock. In 1880, with an established market for middle-class home decorative objects, they ventured into the production of art pottery as an addition to industrial glazed ceramic products. The company was fortunate in having both coal and high-purity clay on the same site enabling good reproduction of shape and glazes of high clarity and brilliance. The most recognisable wares are their high-fired monochrome pieces as well as their Anglo-Persian vases - their range of decorative wares also including tube-lined and lustre pieces. By 1885 Burmantofts' products were on sale in London (at Harrods and Liberty's), Paris and Montreal. However, by 1904 their products were no longer profitable due to competing products from Britain and nearby Europe, and production of their Art Pottery ceased. The firm finally ceased production of architectural ceramics and closed in 1957.
Burmantofts Faience Art Pottery Baluster Vase c1890
The vase is in excellent condition commensurate with age. No chips, cracks or restoration. The glaze is crazed throughout as is common with Burmantofts Faience. Very small and minor surface glaze flaws from original firing. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.