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Plaque

Plaque

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wedgwood and Bentley (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black basalt and gilt metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:1266/A-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 13, shelf 7

Physical description

Plaque of black basalt of American statesman George Washington, oval in shape and in a gilt metal frame. Profile to the right and undraped bust in classical style, and inscribed with 'WASHINGTON' below.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Wedgwood and Bentley (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Black basalt and gilt metal

Marks and inscriptions

'WASHINGTON'
Inscribed below the bust

'Wedgwood & Bentley'
Impressed

Dimensions

Height: 5.1 cm, Width: 3.2 cm

Object history note

Probably based on a portrait-relief in Tassie's glass-paste catalogue, itself moulded from a medal said to have been designed by Voltaire and struck in Paris in 1778. Bought in Dresden in August 1869.

Descriptive line

Plaque of black basalt of American statesman George Washington, oval in shape and in a gilt metal frame, Wedgwood and Bentley, England, ca. 1780.

Materials

Gilt metal; Black basalt

Subjects depicted

Bust

Categories

Ceramics; Stoneware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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