Posted 5 years ago
This was an ebay purchase a few years back. It had been described as a Royal Doulton lustre bowl. But I had seen the mark of Richard Joyce on the bottom of the piece and looked at the rest of the marks. The marks I saw were those of the Royal Lancastrian Pottery.
The impressed mark you can see on the bottom is a Royal Lancastrian mark from the period 1914 – 1923. Beneath the mark is a model number 2527: an elegant form, thinly and beautifully potted.
Joyce was born in Derbyshire in 1873 and studied at the Swadlincote Scool of Art. He taught at the Burton-on-Trent School of Art and worked for Henry Tooth ‘ s Bretby pottery. Later he was with the Moore Brothers. He moved to Pilkington’s in 1903 where he remained until his death in 1931.
I have a particular love of luste pottery and I have kept this piece as an example of the fine ware produced by the Pilkington’s Tile and Pottery Company. Their wares are similar to thirteenth century Persian Sava lustre ware. Spanish lustre wares of Malaga and Manises are part of the trail that leads to Deruta & Gubbio in Italy and Hispano-Moresque lustre. In the late nineteenth century lustre became popular again throughout Europe.
It seems that the number of pieces produced by Pilkington’s is limited. The number produced between 1906 and 1938 is known to be about 17,000 examples. This is one of them!
I love the pearl-like iridescence of the copper lustre of the exterior of the bowl and the floral decoration of the inside. I believe it is the Lancastrian Rose, the emblem of the factory and the city of Manchester.