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  • Place of origin:

    Manchester (made)

  • Date:

    1903-1904 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pilkingtons Tile and Pottery Company (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, with a blue mottled glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Pilkington's Tile and Pottery Company

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 125c, case 1

Object Type
This vase is a fully functional object which also meets fashionable taste of around 1900 for simple glazes and shapes which were inspired by Chinese ceramics of the 18th century. Pilkington's chemists developed a wide range of different types of glaze, including lustres, crystalline and semi-matt plain colours known as 'eggshell', like this example. Some of these effects were copying earlier glazes and the wares showed the manufacturer's interest in ceramic history and the potential owner's knowledgeable taste.

Pilkington's Tile & Pottery Co. was run by Joseph Burton (1868-1934) as manager and his brother William (1863-1941), a chemist, who was art director. With Abraham Lomax, the Burtons were responsible for the development of a wide range of different types of glaze and also for the introduction of wares painted in coloured lustres, for which Pilkington's is probably most celebrated. The more extrovert and better-known of the brothers, William Burton trained first at Wedgwood. He also taught and worked as an advisor to the ceramics industry and to the Victoria & Albert Museum. Joseph Burton was an expert in early Chinese ceramics. Both Burtons lectured and published widely.

Place of Origin

Manchester (made)


1903-1904 (made)


Pilkingtons Tile and Pottery Company (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, with a blue mottled glaze


Height: 29.8 cm, Diameter: 20.3 cm

Object history note

Made by Pilkingtons Tile and Pottery Company, Clifton Junction, near Manchester

Labels and date

British Galleries:
English ceramic manufacturers became very interested in Chinese vessel shapes as well as glazes. The shape and glaze of this vase were inspired by the Chinese 'Gu' shape and 'duck's egg' glaze. When it was acquired for this Museum in 1905, it was compared favourably with Chinese examples in the Salting Collection. [27/03/2003]
Vase 'Lancastrian Pottery'
made by Pilkingtons Tile and Pottery Co. Ltd, Clifton Junction, near Manchester, England, 1903-1904

68-1905 Given by Pilkingtons Tile and Pottery Co. Ltd [23/05/2008]


British Galleries; Ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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