Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wedgwood Egyptian Black Basalt Cream Jug 19th Century engine turned pottery


This unmarked jug has the following clues as to its origin - which I am convinced is Wedgwood:
1. Wedgwood produced the 'helmet shaped' design as seen in this jug.
2. Wedgwood employed the 'engine turned' patterns as seen in this jug.
3. Wedgwood perfected their original volcanic 'basalt' material, texture and style ... as seen in this example.
4. Wedgwood created the 'fig leaf' end to their handles ...
5. Wedgwood put a high glaze (in this case - black) on the inside of their pieces ...

Also worthy of note is that Wedgwood began using the 'engine turned' patterns in the beginning of the 19th century at the Leeds factory. These were applied to the basalt ceramics, which Josiah Wedgwood had perfected at his Etruria pottery in Staffordshire, England around the end of the 18th century. Therefore, I have no doubt that this is one of those examples. 

Although it was not uncommon to leave some of the pieces unmarked, what I find interesting is that this specific engine turned pattern is the first example I have come across.

For a ceramic piece that is over 200 years old, it is in amazingly good condition, with slight marks made in production to the base and just under the spout - there is even the potters finger mark to the base ... as though just to prove that this is entirely handmade. 

There is a hairline crack to the base of the handle (see photo) - but if that is the extent to its wear then I am proud to have had custodianship of this delightful cream jug.

Price: 95€
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