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Peace Vase

Gordon Forsyth, Pilkington's Tile and Pottery Company
1919

This is a large earthenware vase with lustre glaze and is painted with barbed vines of holly, the word Pax and the date 1918.

On the base of the vase are painted the words:

THIS POT WAS PAINTED ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE DAY WHEN THE ARMS OF BRITAIN AND HER ALLIES OVERCAME HER ENEMIES IN THE GREAT EUROPEAN WAR 1914-1919. TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR”

The vase was designed by Gordon Forsyth, the chief pottery artist at Pilkington’s. He had joined the forces as a volunteer in 1916 and was much affected by his experiences. After the war he returned to Pilkington’s and produced bowls and vases which commemorated the war dead.

Pilkington’s were one of the most important international suppliers of high quality decorative tiles and art pottery. They were based at Clifton Junction near Swinton, Salford. This vase is part of Salford Museum & Art Gallery’s collection of Pilkington’s pottery.