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Creamware vase with conical lid - 1765

Creamware vase with conical lid, © Wedgwood Museum
    Creamware vase with conical lid
    © Wedgwood Museum

Vase and conical lid. Baluster shape with applied moulded acanthus leaves to the body. Cream coloured earthenware 1765-67.

Wedgwood’s improved and superior cream-coloured earthenware was quickly used to manufacture a range of ornamental wares, especially vases, to adorn the homes of the fashionable and wealthy. Josiah’s ceramics became an integral part of the interior décor of every English house, with vases becoming popular as containers for the all-abiding passion for flowers as well as purely decorative objects.Josiah considered the production of vases were, ‘an inexhaustible field’. The shapes of his vases were seldom original, frequently having been adapted from published engravings. The manuscript record of vase designs, known as the ‘Shape Number 1 Book’, provided a detailed record of all the forms produced.Josiah wrote to Thomas Bentley, his friend and later partner, in November 1766 concerning this unusual form of lid, ‘Vases with high-crowned hats’. The form was in fact impractical and difficult to pick up, possibly accounting for the relative scarcity of the lids today.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/vase
  • Mark: Unmarked
  • Year produced: 1765
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: lead glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: engine-turned, rouletted
  • Accession number: 68, 68a
  • Dimensions: 310 mm (height), 160 mm (diameter)

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