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Canopic Jar, Lilac Jasperware Wedgwood, 1877



A superb canopic jar in lilac and white jasper, artfully combining features and pseudo-hieroglyphs taken from D’Hancarville’s Antiquities. These were produced by Wedgwood from time to time, in response to public interest in things Egyptian. There are four periods of production including the 1978 run. They are one of the most sought-after of the Wedgwood designs, both for interest to collectors and for their intrinsic interest and beauty. Prov: Milkins Collection. Exhibited: Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Wedgwood-250, Washington DC 2009.


  • Creator
    Wedgwood (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm)Diameter: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Style
    Neoclassical (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Melbourne, AU
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 51841stDibs: LU3151314328062

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About Wedgwood (Manufacturer)

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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