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Queen's ware and black basalt 'Stella' fish tail ewer - 1775-80

Queen's ware and black basalt 'Stella' fish tail ewer, © Wedgwood Museum
    Queen's ware and black basalt 'Stella' fish tail ewer
    © Wedgwood Museum

This design was based on a vase designed by Stella in his book on the title page 'Livre de Vases' (book of vases). It has two heads on each side and raised swags around the top of the body of the vase and a fish tail handle. It was further dramatised by the addition of scales to the fish tail handle and increasing the height of the plinth. The vase has been produced in Queen's ware which has been sponged to resemble porphyry, and stands on a black basalt base.

This design was based on a vase designed by Stella in his book on the title page 'Livre de Vases' (book of vases). It has two heads on each side and raised swags around the top of the body of the vase and a fish tail handle. It was further dramatised by the addition of scales to the fish tail handle and increasing the height of the plinth. The vase has been produced in Queen's ware which has been sponged to resemble porphyry, and stands on a black basalt base. Although Wedgwood was heavily influenced by classical antiquity this vase is more fantastical in nature and evidences how Josiah I used a wide variety of influences for his vases which further increased their popularity as was the demand for vases at this time in the years around 1770.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/ewer
  • Mark: 'Wedgwood & Bentley: Etruria' in applied in circular seal
  • Year produced: 1775-80
  • Body: Black Basalt, Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Decoration: porphyry
  • Accession number: WMT/2011/09/02
  • Dimensions: 275 mm (height) 185 mm (width)

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  • Jacques Stella

    Jacques Stella (1596 - 1657)

    French painter, draftsman & printmaker born 1594- died 1657. Also known as: C. Stella, Jacques Stallard, Jacques Stalard, Jacques Star. Nationality: French. Son of: Francois Stella (François Stella) (1563-1605). Uncle of: Antoine Bouzonnet-Stella (1637-1682) Teacher of: Georges Charmeton (1623-1674). Main field of work painting, the movement he followed whislt living in Rome was Classicism of . He was heavily Influenced by the work of Nicolas Poussin who was a good friend and Florentine art. A book of etchings and engravings was produced in 1667 after his death called 'Livre de Vases' which Josiah Wedgwood took influence from in 1770.