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  • Place of origin:

    Etruria (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black basalt (unglazed stoneware) with 'encaustic' painting

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 12, shelf 2

Physical description

Vase of black basalt, with 'encaustic' painting in red, white and black. Made in imitation of a Greek bell-shaped crater of the fourth century B.C. Decorated with a figure of an actor dancing beside a column and with bands of conventional ornament.

Place of Origin

Etruria (made)


19th century (made)


Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Black basalt (unglazed stoneware) with 'encaustic' painting

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 20.3 cm, Diameter: 20.7 cm

Object history note

Jermyn Street Collection

Descriptive line

Vase, black basalt with 'encaustic' painting of dancing female figure, Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd., England (Etruria), 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

See Ceramics and Glass Collection Object Information file
D'Hancarville, Pierre Antiquités étrusques, grecques et romaines Paris, 1787, Vol. 1, pl. 59.

Labels and date

made at the factory of Josiah Wedgwood, Etruria, Staffordshire, about 1790-1810
Mark: 'WEDGWOOD', impressed
Black Basalt with encaustic decoration

2413-1901 Jermyn Street Collection [23/05/2008]

Production Note

A late eighteenth century design.




Encaustic painting

Subjects depicted

Columns; Figures


Ceramics; Stoneware


Ceramics Collection

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