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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Etruria, England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Jasperware with applied relief decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:

    2416&A-1901

  • Gallery location:

    World Ceramics, room 145, case 19, shelf 1

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Physical description

Vase and cover of pale blue jasperware, with white cameo decoration. Round the middle are figures of Apollo and the nine Muses. Amphora-shaped with square plinth decorated with anthemion ornament. The shoulder is gadrooned, and the neck and foot are decorated with white beads; below the figures is a row of musical instruments. The dome-shaped cover with finial formed as Pegasus is decorated with acanthus foliage.

Place of Origin

Etruria, England (made)

Date

ca. 1790 (made)

Artist/maker

Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Jasperware with applied relief decoration

Marks and inscriptions

'WEDGWOOD'
A square

Dimensions

Height: 41.3 cm, Width: 14 cm

Object history note

Jermyn Street Collection.

Descriptive line

Jasperware vase and cover with Pegasus finial and with reliefs of Apollo and the Muses, made at the factory of Josiah Wedgwood, Etruria, Staffordshire, ca. 1790

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

Robin Reilly, 'Wedgwood', vol.I
p.646, fig.981 shows a green jasper version in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Merseyside. The sources of the bas reliefs are cited.
Aileen Dawson, 'Masterpieces of Wedgwood in the British Museum', 1984
pp.102-111 shows 'Pegasus' or 'Apotheosis of Homer' Vase presented by Wedgwood to the British Museum - which compare for Pegasus finial of 2416A-1901.

Exhibition History

Rome and the Antique in the 18th Century (Fondazione Roma Museo, Rome 29/11/2010-11/05/2011)

Labels and date

Vase with reliefs depicting Apollo and the nine Muses, with cover finial formed as Pegasus
made at the factory of Josiah Wedgwood, Etruria, Staffordshire, about 1790
Marks: 'WEDGWOOD', impressed, and a square, incised
Jasperware with applied relief decoration

2416&A-1901 Jermyn Street Collection

The reliefs combine figures from two sets of Muses supplied by John Flaxman senior in 1775. [23/05/2008]

Production Note

The reliefs combine figures from two sets of Muses supplied by John Flaxman senior in 1775.

Materials

Stoneware

Techniques

Relief

Subjects depicted

Acanthus; Musical instruments; Apollo; Gadroons; Beading (edging pattern); Muses; Anthemions; Pegasus

Categories

Ceramics; Stoneware; Jasperware

Collection code

CER

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