Burmantofts pottery was founded in 1880 as an art pottery manufactory that emerged from James Holroyd’s architectural brickworks.

It closed in 1904 due to financial problems but, during its brief flowering, produced more than 2000 different models including lustre chargers, tube-lined vases, glaze colours that went far beyond the trademark brown, mustard, turquoise and red – and the occasional experimental piece that would not have looked out of place in early 20th century France.

For more information, read ATG’s in-depth guide to Burmantofts pottery


At auction: Peruse, bid and buy – online or in the room

11 April 2022

Whereas buying at fairs often involves a heavy dose of serendipity, buying at auction tends to be a more focused and considered affair.


Burmantofts brought into the spotlight at Pavilions of Harrogate fair

06 November 2017

Next up from Cooper Events is the Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair, from November 17-19 at the Great Yorkshire Showground. The final edition of Cooper’s three annual Harrogate fairs, it hosts a total of 43 dealers.


The many faces of Burmantofts

17 July 2017

It was, said specialist Michael Jeffery, “one of, if not the finest, collections of Burmantofts put together by a private individual”.


Massive faience charger leads Burmantofts bonanza

26 June 2017

A massive Burmantofts faience charger sold for £13,000 (plus 22% buyer’s premium) at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury on June 22 – the highlight of a remarkable collection of more than 700 pieces by the Leeds factory.

Burmantofts faience charger at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury

Large Burmantofts charger sells at £13,000 to match auction record for Leeds factory

22 June 2017

A massive Burmantofts faience charger has sold for £13,000 at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury – the highlight of a remarkable collection of more than 700 pieces by the Leeds factory.


Bountiful Burmantofts collection emerges at Salisbury auction

05 June 2017

Earlier this year Woolley & Wallis decorative arts specialist Michael Jeffery received a call out of the blue from the family of a recently deceased collector in the south of England.

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From £20 to £7000 – vendor spots rare Burmantofts plaque at car boot fair

23 April 2015

This large Burmantofts faience plaque sold for £7000 at 1818 Auctions of Milnthorpe, Cumbria. The vendor, who bought it at a car boot sale for £20, was in the room to watch bidding surge way beyond a £400-600 estimate.

Sale of faience ware charger at Fieldings

19 May 2004

RIGHT: the faience wares decorated by Louis Kramer for Burmantofts between 1887 and 1890 are among the most coveted productions of the Yorkshire factory. So there was lots of interest among academics, collectors and dealers prior to the May 8 sale at Fieldings of Stourbridge in this fully signed 18in (46cm) diameter charger.

Linthorpe pre-Columbian-style pottery vessel by Dresser

03 April 2000

UK: THIS Linthorpe pre-Columbian-style pottery vessel, designed by Dr Christopher Dresser during his time as Art Superintendent at John Harrison's Middlesborough factory c.1879-81, was sold to London's New Century by Darlington auctioneer Thomas Watson & Son for £1500 (plus 15 per cent premium) on March 21.