This is one of my favorite pieces even though the poor little frogs are being eaten! The heron is a magnificent bird and the artist has depicted the bird and scene very well. I’m sure the frogs never knew what hit them. The raised relief is superb and makes the items appear to jump off the plaque. IT IS RARE TO FIND ANTIQUE FAIENCE IN "LIKE NEW" CONDITION BECAUSE OF WEAR FROM USE AND AGE. TINY GLAZE FLAKES AND CRAZING IS NORMAL AND ADDS CHARACTER TO EACH PIECE.
The Burmantofts Pottery was set up in 1845 in the Burmantofts district of Leeds by William Wilcock and John Lassey. The two men originally bought the site intending to mine it for coal, but when they found clay in 1858 they changed to making utility items such as bricks and pipes.When John Lassey died in 1858 his wife Margaret carried on in his place, and the company became known as Wilcock & Co. Margaret sold out to John Holroyd in 1863, and the company eventually passed to John’s younger son James who started the production of ‘architectural faience’ such as large vases.The new products were a success, and in 1888 the company changed its name to ‘The Burmantofts Company’ and opened a showroom in London. Although the company is commonly referred to as ‘Burmantofts Pottery’ it only bore the name ‘Burmantofts’ for a very short space of time, as in 1889 it merged with five other Yorkshire companies to form the Leeds Fireclay Company.In 1904 when sales of art pottery began to fall, the company reverted to the production of large architectural pieces. It finally ceased production in 1957
Measures: 16 3/4" and stands 1 3/4" in height
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