Vividly coloured Burmantofts Faience turquoise-blue small vase c1890. Dimpled ovoid body with waisted neck and crimped rim. Very tactile - when held, thumb placements to form dimples are charmingly obvious. Bright turquoise-blue monochrome glaze. At the biscuit stage before final glazing the vase gained a small chip to inside rim - nonetheless was clearly glazed over this. Evidence of a quite different attitude to quality control! Base with impressed Burmantofts Faience mark and pattern number 1013. The vase measures 13 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 Turquoise Blue Dimpled & Crimped Vase c1890
The vase is in very good original condition commensurate with age. No cracks or restoration. The glaze is crazed throughout as is common with Burmantofts Faience. Very small and minor surface glaze flaws from original firing. Over-glazed biscuit chip to rim from original as mentioned in description. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.