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Sweetmeat basket from an epergne - 1770

Sweetmeat basket from an epergne, © Wedgwood Museum
    Sweetmeat basket from an epergne
    © Wedgwood Museum

Epergne or Grand Plat Menage is a large creamware centrepiece. It has two tiers of hanging pierced sweetmeat baskets and sugar containers.Objects of this kind are very rare. In the 1780s and 90s very elaborate examples were produced. This earlier eaxample from 1770-75 of a sweetmeat basket would have hung from an epergne.

Epergne or Grand Plat Menage is a large creamware centrepiece. It has two tiers of hanging pierced sweetmeat baskets and sugar containers.Objects of this kind are very rare. In the 1780s and 90s very elaborate examples were produced. This sweetmeat basket would have hung from an epergne.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/epergne accessory
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    (Impressed)
  • Year produced: 1770
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: cream
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: engine-turned
  • Accession number: 1472
  • Dimensions: 95 mm (height), 95 mm (diameter)

Glossary

  • Queen’s ware

    Queen’s ware

    In 1765 Wedgwood provided a tea and coffee service to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte (wife of George III) in the new earthenware body he had recently perfected. She was so pleased with the set that she not only allowed Josiah to style himself ‘Potter to Her Majesty’, she also allowed him to call his new earthenware ‘Queen’s ware’ - a name by which Wedgwood’s cream coloured earthenware is still known today.