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Caneware vase with celtic decoration - c.1900

Caneware vase with celtic decoration, © Wedgwood Museum
    Caneware vase with celtic decoration
    © Wedgwood Museum

Vase with Celtic motifs. Caneware with raised gilding c.1900

Vase with Celtic motifs. Caneware with raised gilding c.1900

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/vase
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
  • Year produced: c.1900
  • Body: caneware
  • Decoration: gilded
  • Accession number: 3968
  • Dimensions: 288 mm (height), 137 mm (depth)


  • Caneware


    Caneware is a dry-bodied stoneware, perfected from local North Staffordshire clays which does not require glazing. It ranges in colour from a rich tan-yellow through to buff. Wedgwood commenced work on this body in the early 1770s, and on 9 September 1771 he was able to write to Thomas Bentley: ‘I am very happy to know the Fawn colour'd articles are agreeable to your wishes, - I believe they will sell, for all who have seen them here, have fall'n in love with them'.

    Caneware was used for both Ornamental and Useful pieces, many of which were decorated in imitation of bamboo. Major pieces do not seem to have been produced until 1779,  as late as 1783 this new body was still presenting production problems and it was not until the summer of 1786 that the new body was totally established. The problem was resolved when a finer-ground body was produced, which could be enhanced by the addition of bas relief ornamentation, encaustic painting, or - from the early years of the nineteenth century onwards - by the combination print and enamel patterns which later became known as 'Capri' ware. A rather coarser cane body was also used for game pie dishes and pastry dishes. It first appeared in the 1787 edition of the Catalogue of Ornamental Wares, when it was the fifth in Wedgwood's list of ceramic bodies.