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Gordon Forsyth, Copper Lustre Earthenware Shallow Footed Dish in Hispano Moresque Style c.1930
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This is a rare and very attractive dish signed and designed by Gordon Forsyth, a key figure in early 20th century art pottery design. The dish is made in cream coloured earthenware, decorated in copper lustre with a transparent tin glaze. The rim of the dish is moulded with stylised petals, with stylised floral designs, and the well of the dish has a the figure of a lion within a wide border. The underside of the dish is also painted with stylised floral designs. Forsyth is best known for his designs for the Pilkington Royal Lancastrian art pottery studio. His influence on the art pottery scene in the early 20th century, however, was much broader. Perhaps more than any other designer he bridged the gap between, and brought together, the studio pottery movement and the traditional manufacturers of art pottery in Staffordshire and elsewhere. On the base the dish has Forsyth's painted punning monogram, in the form of four interlinked scythes. Forsyth may have made this piece for Royal Winton, for whom he designed similar work. The technique of copper lustre is a revival of a Persian tradition. William de Morgan was the most revered exponent of the technique in English Art Pottery, but Pilkington's, partly under Forsyth's influence, refined the techniques and also borrowed many of the Persian designs motifs. However this piece is more closely a copy of the Hispano-Moresque tradition of copper lustre pottery, which flourished during the 16th and 17th centuries in Southern Spain (most famously in the town of Manises in Valencia). The moulding of the dish and the central lion roundel all follow this style, as well as harking back to designs used by Forsyth himself in the decades before this was made. Gordon Mitchell Forsyth (1879–1952) was a Scottish ceramic designer and fine artist and art education innovator. He attended the Gray's School of Art, in Aberdeen and the Royal College of Art. Moving in 1903 to Stoke-on-Trent, he became art director of the tileworks Minton Hollins & Co, where he began a career which "spanned over forty years and left an indelible mark on the ceramic industry of Staffordshire." In 1906 he moved to take the same position at Pilkington's Tile & Pottery Company near Manchester. He returned to Pilkington's after service in the First World War. However, in 1920 he became Superintendent of Art Instruction in Stoke-on-Trent, a role which involved responsibility for several art schools. Forsyth was the tutor of a number of notable students at the Burslem School of Art including Susie Cooper, Glyn Colledge, Clarice Cliff, Charlotte Rhead, Arthur Berry, and Mabel Leigh. At that time, Forsyth was described as a "pottery designer, educator and writer...and one of the main spokespersons on industrial pottery design."
Chester's Farm Antiques has clarified that the Gordon Forsyth, Copper Lustre Earthenware Shallow Footed Dish in Hispano Moresque Style c.1930 (LA360529) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1930
Excellent condition, no chips cracks restoration or significant wear.
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This Gordon Forsyth, Copper Lustre Earthenware Shallow Footed Dish in Hispano Moresque Style c.1930 is located in Nottingham, United Kingdom