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Burleigh to debut at Top Drawer

Burgess & Leigh brings Burleigh to London’s Top Drawer for the first time – new ranges Black Regal Peacock and Dove Grey will be on show

Famous for its hand-decorated English wares and blue and white ceramics especially, English brand Burleigh will showcase at Top Drawer, scheduled to run January 15-17, for the first time.

The English brand will showcase two distinctive Dinner and Teaware Collections – Black Regal Peacock - a rich and bold Black and White pattern and Dove Grey, a more casual range in pared back grey.

Black Regal Peacock
Launching at the Show this contemporary Black Regal Peacock design has the character to make a dramatic impact.

Black Regal Peacock includes distinctive pieces made for sharing such as an Octagonal Bowl, Soup Tureen and Burleigh’s statement Footbath which makes an excellent Wine & Champagne cooler!

Based on an old fable, the pattern was first originated by Burleigh in 1913 and has been brought to life in contemporary style for the 21st Century. Over 2,000 hours a skilled craftsman carefully engraved a copper plate from which the tissue could be printed to decorate the Collection.

The first examples of this pattern were presented to HM Queen Mary, who much admired the design and, in keeping with tradition, a large jug decorated in Regal Peacock was presented to HRH the Prince of Wales when he visited Middleport Pottery, the home of Burleigh, a hundred years later.

Sebastian Lazell, Burleigh’s MD explains, "This was a moment of symbolism, a design with a royal connection being presented to the future King. Bringing back Regal Peacock for the 21st Century presented a number of issues.

"The simple answer would be to scan the design on a computer and recreate it by modern methods. We felt strongly that this wasn't the Burleigh way and the original artistry of the pattern and its subtle tones would be lost. We knew this was a major investment financially and in time, but just like the Slow Food movement, people are waking up to the fact that traditional, hand made British pottery which is heavily reliant on craft skills is worth the wait”.

Dove Grey
Pitch Perfect for contemporary living, Burleigh have reimagined their classic Calico, Felicity and Pantry patterns in a new and timeless shade.

Burleigh’s creative director, Steven Moore says; “We are delighted to be launching three of our most iconic patterns, in a new colour: Dove Grey. Because they are decorated by hand using prints taken from hand engraved copper plates, they have a subtlety and depth which cannot be reproduced by the mechanical methods used by other potteries. The new Dove Grey colour gives an almost ‘dappled’ look to the pattern, emphasising its handmade status.”

Home & Gift Collections
Burleigh’s Home & Gift Collection allows the Retailer to combine gifts with Burleigh’s tableware selection and will also have equal appeal to the Gift Retailer. Suitable for both contemporary and traditional styles of interior the Collection has timeless appeal.

Home: Making their debut at the Show are new Table Lamps and Heart Shaped boxes in Burleigh’s Asiatic Pheasants, Blue Regal Peacock and contemporary Dove Grey Felicity patterns. Characterful Octagonal Bowls, Rectangular Tray, Footed Bowl and Tankard Jug will also feature in the Home Collection.

Gift: Individually packaged in Burleigh’s attractive quality boxing are Burleigh’s iconic Cake Stand and Cow Creamer also Mini Teapot Tray which has a multitude of uses and the unique Burleigh Moustache Mug for bewhiskered gentlemen!

Find Burleigh on the Burgess and Leigh stand in Home – Stand B22.

About Burleigh
Burleigh has been practicing its craft for over 160 years. Established in Stoke-on-Trent, England in 1851, it is world famous for its blue and white ceramics, which are hand made using traditional craft techniques. Its bestselling ‘Asiatic Pheasants’ design has been loved by generations and has been made in the same way since 1862.

Burleigh is the choice of some of the world’s leading retailers and restaurants including: Fortnum and Mason, Harrods, Liberty, Chiltern Fire House, Ralph Lauren, Soho House Group, Heals and online at

Burleigh is the only pottery in the world to decorate using tissue transfer printing from hand engraved copper plates. This 250 year old process takes seven years to master and is just one of many skills that caused HRH The Prince of Wales to step in to save Burleigh’s historic home, Middleport Pottery, in 2011.

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