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The 'Four Elements' Vase by Emmanuel Tjerne - 1930

Jasper vase depicting the four elements by Emmanuel Tjerne, © Wedgwood Museum
    Jasper vase depicting the four elements by Emmanuel Tjerne
    © Wedgwood Museum

The 'Four Elements' Vase by Emmanuel Tjerne by Danish designer Emmanuel. Created as part of the company's Bicentinary of Josiah Wedgwood I birth celebrations.

The vase was designed by Danish artist Emmanuel Tjerne and was judged the winner of a competition which saw entries from around the world. The vase is made of Queen's ware covered in a turqouise matt glaze and ornamented with white matt-glazed figures emblematic of the Four Elements- Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/vase
  • Mark: (unmarked)
  • Year produced: 1930
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: matt
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: applied
  • Accession number: 5658

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.