20C British Burgess and Leigh Burslem Floral Vase

20C British Burgess and Leigh Burslem Floral Vase.

REALLY PRETTY hand-painted English Pottery – Burleigh Ware – Vase…….Circa 1900.

Hand painted floral pattern with gilding.

Burgess & Leigh, Burslem pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

HISTORY OF BURGESS & LEIGH: Founded in 1851 under the name Hulme and Booth and it was not until 1877 that the name was changed to Burgess and Leigh. Until 1999 Burgess & Leigh was still being run by the family of one of the firm’s founders, William Leigh.

In 1999 all the directors were descendants of William Leigh.
Edmund Leigh (the former Chairman) and Barry Leigh, his brother, being great-grandsons and their two sons Kingsley and Alan being the fifth generation of the family to be active in the business.

In August 1999 the factory was rescued from the receivers by Rosemary and William Dorling and the name changed to Burgess, Dorling and Leigh.
William Leigh was in partnership for more than thirty years with Frederick Rathbone Burgess, a descendant of the Rathbone family, who were pottery manufacturers in Tunstall. The expansion of the business soon necessitated a move from its first home, the Central Pottery, Burslem to the Hill Pottery previously occupied by Samuel Alcock & Co, one of the few firms to make both china and earthenware. Burgess & Leigh acquired at the time a number of Alcock’s best known shapes and patterns.

As the business still continued to expand Hill Pottery itself became too small in its turn. Therefore it was decided to build an entirely new factory at Middleport, then a rural district of Burslem and Middleport Pottery embodying all the latest factory developments of the time resulted. This seven oven factory situated on the side of the Trent & Mersey canal to which Burgess & Leigh moved in 1889 was recognised at the time as the model pottery of Staffordshire.

Naturally, in common with nearly all industry, everywhere there have been great changes this century, especially since the Second World War. Bottle ovens, once the distinguishing feature of the Potteries landscape have passed into memory except as museum pieces. There still remains one disused bottle oven standing at Burgess & Leigh which is a listed building. Bottle ovens, so called because of their shape, have been replaced by gas fired kilns and naturally the smoke and dust inseparable from coal fired ovens, have gone too making the whole area much more pleasant. The firm still operates from Middleport Pottery.
Following the deaths of William Leigh in 1889 and F R Burgess in 1898 the business continued under the control of their sons, Edmund Leigh and Richard Samuel Burgess. Richard Burgess was an ingenious engineer and designed a number of pieces of equipment used in the factory. He was also a keen photographer and during this period, the firm made a considerable range of photographic equipment. Edmund Leigh, in addition to having played a leading part in the design and equipment of the new factory travelled extensively in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and was responsible for establishing a substantial trade in these countries. In 1905 he asked Thomas Wood Heath who was then travelling in the South of England for the firm to go out to Australia to represent Burgess & Leigh. Thomas agreed and after ninety years Woodheath still represent Burgess & Leigh in Australia, the business being carried on by Tom Heath’s grandsons, Barrie and Tom Heath. This is surely a remarkable record of a business relationship between two families.

Link: http://www.thepotteries.org/potteries/burgess.htm

20C British Burgess and Leigh Burslem Floral Vase.

Provenance: Bought at an Estate Sale in Ireland.

Dimensions: 12″ High 4″ Wide

NOTE: The Vase has had a repair to the rim …… we have dramatically reduced the price because of this. It would have been worth $275 if not for the repair.

Price Now: $50

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