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  • Place of origin:

    Leeds (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    c. 1820 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    black basalt, moulded and engine turned

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Laura Fransella from the collection of her late mother Erica Propper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 12, shelf 3

Black basalt is a hard black vitreous stoneware, named after the volcanic rock basalt. The colour of black basalt came from 'Carr', an oxide of iron suspended in water that flowed through coal seams and mines. It was manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood from about 1768 and other manufacturers soon followed. Black basalt does not need to be glazed and can just be polished to a dull sheen. The use of the engine-turning lathe was first introduced into the Staffordshire pottery industry by Josiah Wedgwood I in 1763 and quickly adopted by other potteries.The engine –turned decoration on this creamer is unusual for the staggered lines of the chequer pattern. Most examples conform to a clear grid design, here the engine turning may be experimental.

Physical description

Creamer, black basalt with engine-turned decoration

Place of Origin

Leeds (possibly, made)


c. 1820 (made)

Materials and Techniques

black basalt, moulded and engine turned


Height: 4.5 cm whole, Width: 13.3 cm whole

Descriptive line

Creamer, black basalt with engine-turned decoration, possibly Leeds, c.1820




Moulded; Engine turned




Ceramics Collection

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