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Jasper button medallion featuring a study of a horse with cropped tail - 1790

Jasper button medallion featuring a study of a horse, photography m.coupe, © wedgwood museum
    Jasper button medallion featuring a study of a horse, photography m.coupe
    © wedgwood museum

This medallion was intended for later use as a button. The horse was modelled by Edward Burch and the piece dates from c.1790. The button is formed from solid blue jasper, with the horse ornamented in white jasper. The edge of the medallion has been lapidiary polished.

This medallion was intended for later use as a button. The horse was modelled by Edward Burch and the piece dates from c.1790. The button is formed from solid blue jasper, with the horse ornamented in white jasper. The edge of the medallion has been lapidiary polished.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/jewellery and accessories
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed]
    Z (Indistinct)
    [Written in ink]
    296 (Indistinct)
    [Written in pencil]
  • Year produced: 1790
  • Body: Jasper
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: ornamented, lapidary polished
  • Accession number: 5129b
  • Dimensions: 31 mm (diameter), 2 mm (depth)

Related people

  • Edward Burch Modeller

    Edward Burch - Modeller (1730 - 1814)

    Burch was accepted into the Royal Academy schools in 1769 – the year in which Wedgwood opened his new factory at Etruria – and was elected a member two years later. In his lifetime he achieved a considerable reputation – both as a gem engraver and a modeller in wax. He supplied Wedgwood with models between 1788 and 1790, and in 1789 he produced a portrait head and shoulders of George III to celebrate the King’s temporary return to sanity. He also supplied 18 individual horse-studies – some of which were after drawings by George Stubbs.