"SylvaC" (with a deliberate capital C at the end) is a brand of British ornamental
potterycharacterised primarily by figurines of animals and Toby Jugs. The SylvaC company ceased production in 1982 although reproductions of SylvaC pieces were made by third parties after this date.
The company was founded in 1894 by
William Copestakeand William Shaw. They gave their names to the fledgling company - Shaw and Copestake. Copestake left in 1895, however, and Richard Hull became Shaw's partner. Hull's son joined in 1936 and in 1938 the Thomas Lawrence Falcon Potterywas bought (which produced pottery with the distinctive 'falcon' mark on it). However, the Shaw and Copestake company maintained its original name right up until the end.
Central to the SylvaC line throughout its history were figurines of animals, and rabbits in particular. Dogs were also popular and virtually every breed ended-up being characterised in pottery. Many variations of Toby Jugs were produced, including 'character' versions which celebrated events or tied into product advertising.
Although many colours and glazes were used, most people remember the distinctive orange or green glazes most.
SylvaC pieces are not rare; however, they are becoming collectable, and the best pieces can fetch high prices.
* [http://www.worldcollectorsnet.com/sylvac/ World Collectors' Net: SylvaC]
* [http://www.stoke.gov.uk/ccm/museums/museum/2006/collections/ceramics/information-sheets/shaw-and-copestake-ltd-sylvac.en Sylvac dates, company history and reading list]
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