A selection of Sunderland lustreware to be sold in our Antique and Interiors Sale on Wednesday 11th April
Sunderland Lustreware is a type of pottery originating from Sunderland, England.
There were several potteries located along the banks of the River Wear in Sunderland in the Nineteenth Century. Similar pottery was made in Tyneside (Newcastle upon Tyne and North Shields) and in Staffordshire they also received this designation in later years.
Normally found in pink lustre glaze the pottery has become widely collectable. Other colours such as yellow and orange are not common. Typically, the designs are religious plaques and jugs featuring the bridge over the River Wear or various heraldic - especially Masonic - devices. Most of the pieces available today were produced in Anthony Scott's Pottery in Southwick, Dawson's Pottery in Low Ford (now South Hylton), or at Dixon, Austin & Co., Garrison Pottery, Sunderland.
Adding lustre to pottery was not a new method. The lustring technique can be seen in wares from the middle east in the 9th and 10th century and was used by Wedgwood on their Moonlight Lustre from 1805 to 1815 and later on their famous Fairyland lustre pieces in the 1920s.