Learn about Burleigh Ware

Burleigh was founded in 1851 as Hulme & Booth in Burslem, Stafordshire, named after the founders, and then renamed ‘Burgess & Leigh’, after names of the new owners when the pottery changed hands in 1862. Until the 1920s, it primarily produced toiletware, but expanded its tableware ranges in the 1920s and 1930s, and these are regarded as the firm's golden years. The new brightly decorated, hand-painted and enamelled designs were very popular, with most patterns being designed by art director Harold Bennett. Other designers included Charles Wilkes, Ernest Baily and Charlotte Rhead who was employed from 1926 to 1931. Their range of jugs with sculptural handles in the form of animals, birds and figures are as popular with collectors today as they were with the 1930s public. The business was sold in 1999 and then again in 2010 when it was acquired by the company producing Denby Pottery.
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Large Burleigh ware 'Willow' lidded serving tureen, width 26 cm approx

Art Deco Burleigh ware tea set handpainted 'Bluebell' pattern, comprising large teapot & stand, sandwich plate, milk jug, sugar bowl & 7 trios

Two Art Deco Burleigh ware tea pots and 2 jugs & sugar bowls, handpainted 'Bluebell' pattern,

A Burleigh Ware Art Deco wall mask, in the form of an Indian chief head with feathered headdress, in blue tones. 28 x 29 cm

Burleigh Ware 'Willow Pattern' dinner set, comprising of 12 main, 6 entree, 6 bread/butter plates, 6 bowls and 6 teacups with saucers

Burleigh ware 'Willow' blue and white platter 34 cm x 26 cm approx.

Charlotte Rhead Burleigh ware vase, with tubelined decoration, height 15.5 cm approx

Part Burleigh ware dinner set, Calico pattern, to include six dinner plates,bowls, side plates, saucers, five cups, teapot, sugar/creamer and a larger jug

An English Burleigh ware willow pattern dinner service with tea cups and service. Approximately 10 place settings

Goebels pot, Price Bros biscuit barrel and a Burleigh Ware jug, approx 19 cm highand shorter (3)

Antique Burleigh Ware part service decorated with blue & gilt boarders

Early Swansea blue & white platter etc. Figures with village by the lake decoration; and one other Burleigh Willow pattern platter. Diameter 45 cm and diameter 40 cm

Pair of Burleigh ware trumpet form colourful vases, approx 16 cm high (2)

Burleighware dinner service, Retro pattern (six person set), 1 bowl missing

Burleigh Ware jug, The Runaway Marriage

Assortment to include Burleigh Asiatic pheasant plates, bottle opener, pottery plates, Buddha figure etc

Burleighware dish, Cauldon covered dish A/F and set of Burleighware cups and saucers (1 cup A/F)

English Burleigh Ware lustre vase with a Kensington mottled glazed jug vase 19 cm h& jug 18 cm high

A Wedgwood planter, and three jugs, the straightsided planter with Chinoiserie patterns in colours and borders, a Burleigh Ware 'Tony Weller' toby jug, a small Royal Doulton character jug and a miniature Limoges jug in mauve with a figural cartouche; backs

Pair Burleigh ware blue and white willow patterned tureens