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Pair of Wedgwood Neoclassical Blue Jasperware Urns

$7,850Asking Priceper set

About

This rare and beautiful pair of urns were crafted by Wedgwood in the firm’s famous pale “Wedgwood blue” jasperware so prized by collectors and connoisseurs alike. Bearing a shape recalling Ancient Greek pottery, neoclassical scenes of maidens outfitted in togas alongside swags of flowers and stiff leaves applied in ornamental relief decorate these identical urns. The firm’s characteristically unglazed matte “biscuit” stoneware finish was first developed in a spectrum of colors by Wedgwood founder Josiah Wedgwood in the 1770s. However, the pale blue hue exhibited in these pieces was the firm’s most popular ever produced, earning itself the nickname “Wedgwood blue.” circa 1790 Stamped "WEDGWOOD" on underside of both bases. Measures: 7 1/4" wide x 6 1/2" deep x 11 1/2" high Provenance: The Starr Collection.

Details

  • Creator
    Wedgwood (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.5 in. (29.21 cm)Width: 7.25 in. (18.42 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Neoclassical (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1790
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 31-02871stDibs: LU891116884951

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About Wedgwood (Maker)

Arguably the most celebrated of all English ceramics makers, Wedgwood was founded in 1759 by Staffordshire potter Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795). The company is famed for its Jasperware — molded Neoclassical stoneware vases, plates and other pieces, inspired by ancient cameo glass, featuring white figures, scenes and decorative elements set in relief on a matte colored background. The best-known background hue is light blue, but Wedgwood’s iconic silhouettes also appear on green, lilac, yellow, black and even white grounds. Some pieces use three or more colors.


     The Wedgwood firm first came to prominence for its tableware, which quickly gained favor in aristocratic households throughout Britain and Europe. In 1765, Wedgwood was commissioned to create a cream-colored earthenware service for Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III. The queen was so thrilled with her new china that Wedgwood was given permission to call himself “Potter to Her Majesty,” and the decorative style became known as Queen’s Ware. Not to be outdone, Catherine the Great of Russia commissioned her own set of Wedgwood china in 1773. Nearly 200 years later, the firm created a 1,200-piece service for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In recent years, leading designers including Jasper Conran and Vera Wang have collaborated with Wedgwood — in the tradition of such distinguished 18th century artists such as the painter George Stubbs and metalsmith Matthew Boulton.


     From plates and other dinnerware to decorative items like urns, cachepots and candlesticks, Wedgwood designs lend a traditional air to Anglophile interiors. And even if you have to make your own tea, you may find it comforting to sip it from a delicate cup that was manufactured in the same Stoke-on-Trent kiln that produced Her Majesty’s tea service. Be sure to keep your pinky raised.

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