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The story of Wemyss starts in the 1880s. And the story is romantic. Wemyss was the
brainchild of Robert Heron, the cultured owner of the Fife Pottery who, returning
from 'the Grand Tour', brought back a group of craftsmenfrom Bohemia to develop
a new concept in decoration. Their leader, Karel Nekola, remained to become Heron's
The pottery was soon the sensation of late Victorian Scotland, and within a very few years
of all late Victorian Britain. The botanical charms of its roses and violets, and its lucious
orchard fruit fascinated the fasionable and delighted the discerning. From buttons to
bedroom sets, Nekola's flowing stlye was given free rein. Jam pots, jardinieres,
candlesticks and ink stands were produced in a wide range of shapes, sizes and designs.
This happy state continued right up to 1915. Then the destructive impact of the Great War
and the death of Karel Nekola combined to bring about a gradual decline, and an inevitable
end. In 1930 the Fife Pottery closed.
For a few more years the concept of Wemyss Ware was maintained by Joseph Nekola at the Bovey Tracey
Pottery in Devon, but not long after the end of the last war this too was closed, and in 1958 the dormant rights
to make Wemyss Ware were sold to Royal Doulton.
Early Wemyss is now a desirable collector's item, selling through auction houses and antique shops, of which
Rogers de Rin, Chelsea, are the leading specialists.
The story of this Goblet
In 1980, to commemorate the Centenary of Wemyss and the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother,
Wemyss Ware has been revived; and an exclusive edition of 500 Goblets has been produced by Royal Doulton and
commisioned by Rogers de Rin. This continues the Wemyss tradtion of Commemorative pottery to mark Royal occasions
such as the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra and the
coronation of King George V and Queen Mary.
Designed by Alan Carr Linford, the 1980 Goblet bears the Royal Cypher, with the gracious
permission of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and represents, in characteristically
bold colours, the thistle, rose, shamrock and leek of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.
No. 1 of the edition was reserved for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
Represents a smiling Wemyss cat to be worked with wild
roses. In authentic colours, size 46cm(18ins) x 31cm(12ins).
Price £28.75 + postage and packaging, to include printed
canvas in full colour, wools, needle and instructions
(ten holes to the inch)