Cats, pigs and a range of Wemyss highlights on offer in Edinburgh auction29 July 2020 Proud porkers are the most distinctive product of the Wemyss factory but the range encompassed far more than happy hogs.
A selection of cats is also among the items showcased in the Scottish Works of Art & Whisky auction at Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh on August 12.
Karel Nekola had moved from Bohemia to Scotland in the 1880s to head the decoration shop at the Fife Pottery owned by Robert Heron.
The Wemyss name came the local family whose seat was Wemyss Castle on the east coast of Fife. They were enthusiastic patrons of these Nekola/Heron ceramic creations.
The original pottery closed in 1930 and the rights to Wemyss Ware were bought by the Bovey pottery in Devon. Karel's son Joe (Joseph) Nekola moved to Devon, where he carried on producing Wemyss Ware and training apprentices.
Here are five highlights from the L&T sale.
Make a Wemyss purr-chase
Estimated at £3000-5000, this Wemyss cat (pictured top) features applied glass eyes and sponged black on white decoration. The 32.5cm high feline is impressed with the maker’s mark WEMYSS WARE/ RH & S, and printed retailer’s mark T GOODE & CO.
Thomas Goode of London had exclusive rights to sell Wemyss Ware in England.
Visit thesaleroom.com to bid for the Wemyss cat with sponged black on white decoration.
Decorated by Joe Nekola, with the painted mark WEMYSS/ MADE IN ENGLAND, this pig in the Shamrocks style is a post-1930 product. Measuring 47cm long, it is estimated at £500-800.
The Wemyss Shamrocks pig is available on thesaleroom.com
Prick of the bunch
This Kenmore vase c.1900 comes in an appropriately Scottish themed Thistles pattern. The 37cm high vase features impressed maker’s marks WEMYSS, printed retailer's mark T GOODE & CO, and is estimated at £1000-1500.
See the Wemyss Kenmore Thistles vase on thesaleroom.com
Give peas a chance
Another Wemyss product with the printed retailer’s mark T GOODE & CO, this large (14cm high) c.1900 mug decorated in the Sweet Peas pattern also has impressed maker’s marks WEMYSS WARE/RH & S.
Estimated at £200-300, the Wemyss Sweet Peas mug can be viewed via thesaleroom.com
Rose in interest
Guided at £500-700, this pair of 30cm high candlesticks is in the Dog Roses pattern c.1900 and bears impressed maker’s marks WEMYSS WARE/RH & S.
To bid for the Wemyss Dog Roses candlesticks, try thesaleroom.com.