Portrait plaque of Edwin Martin

This portrait plaque is an example of Martinware, created by the four Martin brothers - Victorian pioneers in the production of studio pottery. Working during the 19th century Gothic revival and the Arts and Craft Movement, they are renowned for their eccentric, fantastical gothic designs.

The brothers established their shop in Fulham, London, in 1873. In 1877 the business moved to Havelock Road on the canal in Southall, Middlesex. Working as a family unit, the brothers handled each step of production themselves. Robert was the designer; Walter the potter and chemist; Edwin the engraver and decorator; and Charles the commercial manager. Each design was hand-crafted and during their 50 year enterprise, from 1873-1923, no two identical pieces were made.

Among the eclectic collection of pottery creations, ranging from clocks to grotesque creatures, were a series of terracotta portrait plaques, sculpted in relief. This example was created by Robert Wallace and shows his brother Edwin within an arcade, incising a design onto a vase. The plaque is unglazed and made from earthenware.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Studio ceramics
Common Name
portrait plaque of Edwin Martin
Simple Name
Full Name
portrait plaque of Edwin Martin
whole height 360 mm; whole width 330 mm
Production Person Surname
Martin Brothers; Martin
Production Person Initials
; Robert Wallace
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Date
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Production Town
Southall; Southall
Production County
London; London
Production Country
United Kingdom: England; England
Production Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Continent
Family Group

earthenware (unglazed)

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