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Pilkington’s Royal Lancastrian Vase

Pilkington's Tile and Pottery Company

This vase was presented to Bury Art Museum in 1909 by the Pilkington’s Tile and Pottery Company as an example of local ceramic manufacture. The factory was in Clifton Junction, on the southern edge of Bury Council’s present boundary with Salford. 

This vase is a good example of the wares produced by an important local factory, and its design is by an artist of national standing.

This vase was made in the first period of pottery production, which was both the longest and most spectacular. It lasted from 1903 until 1938 and the lustreware of this early period can be seen as a high point in the factory’s history.

Designs were commissioned from the leading artists of the day such as Walter Crane and put into general production, hand-painted onto the ware by skilled painters such as Richard Joyce and William Salter Mycock in a variety of different colours.

One of the best known designs by Walter crane is this ‘Sea Maiden Vase’.