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  • Place of origin:

    Burslem (made)

  • Date:

    1825 to 1875 (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 is an interesting jug featuring the emblems of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland believed to have been designed to celebrate the 1851 Great Exhibition

Physical description

Jug or creamer, black basalt with moulded decoration of symbols of the British Union.

Place of Origin

Burslem (made)


1825 to 1875 (made)


Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

Materials and Techniques

black basalt & moulded


Height: 8.6 cm whole, Width: 12 cm whole

Descriptive line

Jug or creamer, black basalt with moulded decoration, Wedgwood, Burslem, Staffordshire, England. ‘Union’ design, mid 19th century.








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