Burmantofts Faience Pottery
Burmantofts faience pottery is a style of pottery that was produced by the British ceramic manufacturer, The Burmantofts Company, in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
History & Description
The company was founded by John Lassey and William Wilcock in 1845 having purchased an area of land in the Burmantofts district of Leeds, Yorkshire. Originally, the site was intended to be used for coal mining but, when they found clay there in 1858, Lassey and Wilcock started to use it for manufacturing bricks and pipes.
The company did not start making faience pottery until the end of the nineteenth century and during the next couple of decades the company began to produce decorative glazed ware, including jardinières and vases.
Due to the success of their faience range, the company changed its name to The Burmantofts Company and opened its showroom in London in 1888. However, the following year, the company merged with five other Yorkshire companies to form the Leeds Fireclay Company.
The company continued to flourish until the first decade of the twentieth century and production ceased completely in 1957.
Guide for collectors
Early Burmantofts faience pottery design, circa 1870 to 1890, was quite plain. The most common designs from this period were bulbous vases which often had long and slender necks. However, pieces after 1890 were slightly more ambitious and the designs became more ornate.
Some faience pieces even used sgraffito decoration. Collectors should look out for products that were designed by notable ceramic artists such as V. Kremer and B. Sicard.
Burmantofts faience pottery very rarely appears at either national or international auction houses. However, they are regularly advertised on eBay.
Notable auction sales
On November 24th 2006 at Eastbourne Auction Rooms in Eastbourne, East Sussex, large pair of Burmantofts faience pottery vases, circa late-nineteenth century, realised a price of £800.
On March 30th 2012, a 12” Arts & Crafts Burmantofts faience pottery vase, circa late-nineteenth century, was sold on eBay for $619.
On April 6th 2012, a large Burmantofts faience pottery vase was sold on eBay for $500.
On February 28th 2012, a rare Burmantofts faience pottery vase, circa 1890s, was sold on eBay for $362.91.