Stoneware Urns and Bases
A fine pair of stoneware urns produced by the Garnkirk Fireclay Company of Scotland, the body of each urn with stiff leaf decoration, the rims with large scalloped stylized leaves, the foot of each urn stamped "GARNKIRK", the urns atop plinths with shield motif, Scottish (Garnkirk, near Glasgow), ca. 1870. 44 ins. overall height, 27.5 ins. diameter.
The Garnkirk Fireclay Company produced stoneware in Scotland from 1832 until 1900. The company showed their works at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London and again in Dublin in 1853. Andrew Jackson Downing, in the July 1848 Horticulturist, recommended Garnkirk’s products for their “pleasing forms and a soft mellow shade of colour, which harmonizes admirably with the hue of foliage and turf”. He also mentioned their extraordinary durability.