Shorter and Son (England) Vase, Model #509 | English Majolica

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The pottery firm which later became Shorter and Son was first set up by Arthur Shorter in 1878 with a partner James Boulton in Stoke on Trent. Their products were solidly in the main-stream of Victorian taste - majolica wares of all types: jugs, bowls, flower pots and tableware, predominated.

In 1891 Arthur’s brother-in-law A. J. Wilkinson died in an accident. Arthur Shorter was asked to manage the pottery Wilkinson had established in Burslem in 1885. A few years later he bought the firm and in 1898 Arthur’s son Colley joined him.

Fast forward to 1940, after the death of his first wife, Colley married Clarice Cliff who became Artistic Director of the group of potteries. Shorter’s flourished through the following two decades, producing popular new lines and re-producing some of their old ones.

You can read more about the history of Shorter and Son Ltd, here:


A stunning vase finished in a green and blue matt glaze. The colouring on this piece is sensational! As model #509, it was produced from the 1930s.

It measures approx 20cm tall x 20cm wide x 8.5cm deep and it free from any chips or cracks, but does show some staining internally from being used. Overall it's in great condition for its age!