Art Deco, Majolica, Thomas Forester & Sons, Phoenix Ware, Rosan Pattern, Jug & Bowl

Ref: LA340085
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Offered for sale is an Art Deco, Phoenix Ware, Jug and three footed bowl by T.F.& S. Ltd in the Rosan pattern. This stunning Art Deco, majolica, tri foot bowl in an inverted conical form and matching jug are decorated in a pattern of raised stylised leaves and wild rose flowers. picked out in a vibrant green on a teal coloured ground. The bowl measures approximately 280mm in diameter & 110 in height, the jug measures approximately 280mm in height. The printed backstamp indicates a date between 1925 & 1959. Thomas Forester was born in 1832. His father was a warehouseman at Minton's china factory and Thomas was apprenticed there as a presser. In 1856 Thomas was engaged as manager at the Victoria Works, Shelton, for Lockett, Baguley & Cooper. After a few years he joined Mrs. Wardle (Wardle & Co) as a majolica manufacturer. He was invited to take charge of the works of Messrs. Peterinck & Son at Tournai in Belgium. Thomas Forester returned to England and in 1877 started business at a small works in the High Street, Longton and he soon took additional premises in Church Street ,the Church Street Majolica Works. He demolished the Church Street Works and built the Phoenix works which he completed in 1879. In the beginning of 1883 he took his sons Herbert and Victor into partnership and the title of the business became '& Sons' and in 1891 incorporated as a Limited Company. By 1893 the business was recorded as employing 520 people at the "Imperial and Phoenix Works" and by 1900 they employed over 700 people. In 1941, under the Wartime Concentration Scheme, the business of Collingwood Bros operated with that of Thomas Forester & Sons at the Imperial Works, Longton. The quality of' Messrs. Forester's majolica was remarkably firm and good in body, the colouring well managed and the glaze very satisfactory, as was the modelling of the floral decorations. Messrs. Thomas Forester & Sons (Ltd.) continued to 1959. The basic marks incorporate the Phoenix and the initials T.F. & S. Ltd. The business closed in June 1959.
Excellent condition, no chips, cracks or signs of restoration
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