Gorgeously Art Nouveau, vase from the Burmantofts Pottery c1900. Slender baluster-form with wide neck and stylised handles. Incised floral design around its body. Impressed Burmantofts Faience mark and pattern number. Additional painted marks. The vase measures 26 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.
Tall Burmantofts Faience Decorated Art Nouveau Pottery Vase c1900
The vase is in very good overall condition commensurate with age. No chips or cracks. Some small areas of minor crazing. Very good imperceptible previous professional restoration to one 'handle' (last image). Please see images as these form an important part of the description.