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  • Place of origin:

    Burslem (made)

  • Date:

    c.1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    black basalt & moulded

  • 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 4

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.
This attractively decorated low oval shape creamer displays bold use of moulded decoration. The ‘Low Oval Fluted’ shape was designed by Wedgwood as part of a tea set at the start of the 19th century but consumer popularity for the neo-classical design continued production into the 20th century.

Place of Origin

Burslem (made)


c.1820 (made)


Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

Materials and Techniques

black basalt & moulded

Marks and inscriptions

impressed mark ‘WEDGWOOD’


Height: 8.3 cm whole, Width: 14.2 cm whole

Descriptive line

Black basalt creamer with moulded decoration, Wedgwood, Burslem, Staffordshire, England, c.1820.

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

Shape illustrated in an early 20th-century trade catalogue, Reilly ‘Wedgwood’, p450.







Production Type

Mass produced


Ceramics Collection

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