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Dish - "The Water Lily" pattern from "Darwin" service
  • "The Water Lily" pattern from "Darwin" service
    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons
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"The Water Lily" pattern from "Darwin" service

  • Object:

    Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Etruria (made)

  • Date:

    1808-1811 (made)
    1806 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (makers)
    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, transfer-printed and overpainted with touches of iron red enamel and gilding

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Margery Hooker

  • Museum number:

    C.139-1963

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 31, shelf 6

Physical description

Earthenware dish transfer-printed in brown with botanical composition of three water plants (Nymphaea stellata, Nymphaea lotus, Nelumbium speciosum – now known as Nelumbo nucifera), derived from prints in the Botanist’s Repository and the Botanical Magazine 1803-06.
Original drawing for the Nelumbo by Sydenham Edwards. Pattern probably engraved by Semei Bourne.
Dish border decorated with design of interlocking ovals.

Place of Origin

Etruria (made)

Date

1808-1811 (made)
1806 (designed)

Artist/maker

Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (makers)
Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, transfer-printed and overpainted with touches of iron red enamel and gilding

Marks and inscriptions

'WEDGWOOD'
Impressed

Dimensions

Diameter: 12.5 in

Object history note

Traditionally said to have come from a service made about 1781 by Josiah (I) Wedgwood for the second marriage of his friend Dr. Erasmus Darwin, but now thought much more likely to have been designed by John Wedgwood (founder of what later became the Royal Horticultural Society) and ordered by Dr. Robert Darwin (son of Erasmus, and father of Charles Darwin) and his wife Susanna. The service was then inherited by Dr. Joseph Hooker, a descendant of Dr. Darwin. Another dish from the service was presented to the British Museum by Sir A.W. Franks who had been given it by Dr. Hooker.

Descriptive line

Dish, earthenware, transfer-printed and gilded, 'The Water Lily' pattern, Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, Etruria, made 1808-1811.

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

Hugh Tait, Proceedings of the Wedgwood Society, London, vo.4, 1961
Una des Fontaines, "The Darwin Service and the first printed floral patterns at Etruria" in Proceedings of the Wedgwood Society, London, no.6, 1966

Labels and date

Dish
Made at the factory of Josiah Wedgwood, Etruria, Staffordshire, about 1808-11
Mark: 'WEDGWOOD', impressed
Earthenware printed in brown with touches of iron red enamel and gilt

C.139-1963 Given by Mrs Margery Hooker

From the Darwin service, which descended from Dr. Robert Waring Darwin through Dr. Joseph Hooker. [23/05/2008]

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Transfer-printed; Painted; Gilded

Categories

Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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