In their prime, the company had showrooms in London, Paris, Berlin and Vienna. Thomas Forester originally started a pottery business on Longton High Street, where his small workshop was based in 1877. As the business developed, Forester was said to have expanded his business within Longton, opening additional premises on Church Street called'Church Street Majolica Works'.
The development of The Phoenix Works was said to have been financed by a Mr. Aynsley according to the April 1881 edition of the Pottery Gazette. The Phoenix Works was commenced in 1879, and this is where Thomas Forester ran his pottery business from for the foreseeable future.
The enlarged new pottery was then called Phoenix Pottery. Following this move, in 1881 Forester received the largest order for Majolica goods ever received by a Pottery in Staffordshire up to that year. In 1883, Thomas' sons Herbert Forester and Victor Forester were introduced to the business and became official partners.The company name subsequently changed from Thomas Forester to Thomas Forester and Sons in the same year. 8 years after Herbert and Victor became official partners in their father's business, the company became incorporated in 1891. The incorporation led to the name changing again, to Thomas Forester and Sons Ltd. Over the next 10 years, the company expanded their business to employ over 700 people from the Staffordshire area, making them one of the largest employers in Staffordshire at the end of Queen Victoria reign in 1901. Thomas Forester & Sons went on to open showrooms across Europe, including London, Paris, Berlin and Vienna. This was due to a combination of World War II when production was very limited and by the Clean Air Act that was introduced in 1956. This move stopped the use of bottle ovens. The item "Rare Antique Art Deco Thomas Forester & Son English Pottery Phoenix Ware Teapot" is in sale since Thursday, August 30, 2018.
This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Decorative Pottery & Glassware\Vases". The seller is "santoor-uk" and is located in Eccles, Greater Manchester. This item can be shipped worldwide.