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Inkstand and cover

Inkstand and cover

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1769-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wedgwood and Bentley (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black basalt, moulded, pierced and glazed inside

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:1126/&A-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 12, shelf 2 []

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.

Physical description

Inkstand and cover of black basalt.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1769-1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Wedgwood and Bentley (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Black basalt, moulded, pierced and glazed inside

Marks and inscriptions

'Wedgwood & Bentley'
Impressed

Dimensions

Height: 11.4 cm, Diameter: 8.3 cm

Descriptive line

Inkstand and cover of black basalt, Wedgwood and Bentley, England, 1769-1780.

Materials

Black basalt; Glaze

Techniques

Moulded; Pierced

Subjects depicted

Festoons

Categories

Ceramics; Stoneware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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