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  • Place of origin:

    Burslem (made)

  • Date:

    1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Faulkner, Kate (designer)
    Faulkner, Kate (painter (artist))
    Pinder, Bourne & Co. (maker)
    Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, with hand-painted glaze in blue

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 125, Edwin and Susan Davies Gallery, case 8

Object Type
This large decorated dish was made for show only. The blank shape is smooth, uninterrupted and rimless. The Burslem pottery of Pinder, Bourne & Co. would manufacture a run of these dishes, stockpiling them for their own painters or selling them on to other decorating companies and workshops in London, as in this case, and elsewhere. Kate Faulkner has taken full advantage of the surface to produce an over-all textile-like pattern.

Kate Faulkner was the sister of Charles (Charlie) Faulkner, one of the original - and most briefly connected - partners of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. Faulkner was a mathematics don whom Morris had known since his time at Oxford. Kate Faulkner's talents as a pattern maker were put to use across a range of the firm's production but this is the only dish known to be by her. Her sister Lucy was a skilful painter of Morris's tiles, particularly specialising in figures.

Physical description


Place of Origin

Burslem (made)


1880 (made)


Faulkner, Kate (designer)
Faulkner, Kate (painter (artist))
Pinder, Bourne & Co. (maker)
Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, with hand-painted glaze in blue


Diameter: 45 cm

Object history note

Designed and painted by Kate Faulkner (born in 1842, died in 1898), for Morris & Co., 1880; the blank made by Pinder, Bourne & Co, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Descriptive line

star flower dish

Labels and date

British Galleries:
This dish is a rare example of decorative ceramics produced by Morris & Co., a firm which otherwise specialised in tiles. It was designed and painted by Kate Faulkner, who provided the firm with patterns for tiles, textiles and wallpapers. The design is hand-painted onto a plain, blank, rimless plate and shows a clever but typical Arts and Crafts floral arrangement. [27/03/2003]
Dish 'Starflower'
Designed and made by Kate Faulkner, made by Morris & Co, London, England, made by Pinder,Bourne & Co., Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, 1880
Mark: 'KF 1880', painted, paper label: 'Morris & Co, 17 George St. Hanover Sq., W1'
Earthenware with painted decoration


Blank made by Pinder, Bourne & Co., Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. The Morris & Co workshops at this date were at Queens Square, London and at the family home, Horrington House, Chiswick. [23/05/2008]




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