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This is a rare and very attractive jug signed and designed by Gordon Forsyth, a key figure in early 20th century art pottery design.
The jug is made in cream coloured earthenware, decorated in copper lustre with a transparent tin glaze. The technique of copper lustre is a revival of a Persian tradition. The design itself is much more traditional English Arts and Crafts.
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.
Forsyth designed this jug in his own studio for Grimwades Limited, and the jug has their printed mark as well as Forsyth's own painted punning monogram, in the form of four interlinked scythes.
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."
20 cm (8 inches) tall, belly approx 18 cm wide.
Chester's Farm Antiques has clarified that the Gordon Forsyth for Grimwades Royal Winton, Copper Lustre Jug c.1930 (LA370826) 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 for Grimwades Royal Winton, Copper Lustre Jug c.1930 is located in Nottingham, United Kingdom