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PYRKE , JOHN ( 1755 - 1834 ), the third of the Usk japanners .

He came from London (where he sold japan-ware , principally tea-urns) to Usk in 1799 , and in 1814 became owner of the japannery of Thomas Hughes ( 1740 - 1828 ) (q.v.) [No article found] . Pyrke popularized the chocolate-brown lacquer for which Usk japan became noted; and also used papier-maché as a base. His decoration was artistic, but the quality of his lacquer deteriorated. Pyrke (a burgher of Usk in 1815 , and portreeve in 1817 and 1824 ) was an active public man, a Liberal in politics, and a great supporter of the Lancastrian schools . He sold his factory, in 1826 , to Evan Jones ( 1790 - 1860 ) . He d. 1 Nov. 1834 , and was buried at Twyn .

Sources:

  • Sources noted under Allgood.

Author:

Robert Stephen, M.A., (1878-1966), Colwyn Bay

Published date: 1959