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vase and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Etruria (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)
    1770-75 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wedgwood and Bentley (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Private Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 12, shelf 6 []

Design & Designing
Josiah Wedgwood's move into vase production coincided with the fashionable world taking up the vase as a symbol of the new 'antique' style. The demand for 'antique' vases was so great that, in addition to copying surviving Classical antiquities, manufacturers copied designs from prints of the 17th and 18th centuries. Some of these prints were highly fanciful inventions, which were not seriously intended for production.

Materials & Making
The decoration imitates the veining of agate and other hardstones. This effect was achieved by 'wedging' (blending) coloured clays together. Pottery made in this way is described as 'solid agate ware.' There are no mould seam lines, and the spiralling of the clays inside the vase suggest that it was thrown on a wheel. It was then turned on a lathe and fired and glazed.

Physical description

Ovoid vase and cover in solid agate ware in shades of brown, ochre, olive and light greens, the vase rim applied with a creamware frieze of swagged drapery, gilded, the handles formed as satyrs' heads, also gilded, set on a pedestal foot attached to a square marble base, painted black, the cover with an acorn knop.

Place of Origin

Etruria (made)


18th century (made)
1770-75 (made)


Wedgwood and Bentley (made)


Height: 19 cm

Object history note

For another Wedgwood agate ware vase with the same satyr handles, see Circ. 1&A-1923.

Descriptive line

Vase and cover in solid agate ware with gilded satyr's head handles, made by Wedgwood at Etruria, Staffordshire, ca. 1770-75. One of a pair in a garniture of three similar vases.

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

Mankowitz, Wolf. Wedgwood. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd, 1953. A similar garniture, probably this one, is illustrated, plate 50.





Subjects depicted

Mythology; Satyrs


Ceramics; Creamware & Pearlware; Myths & Legends


Ceramics Collection

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