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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:


  • 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)


1769-1780 (made)


Wedgwood and Bentley (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Black basalt, moulded, pierced and glazed inside

Marks and inscriptions

'Wedgwood & Bentley'


Height: 11.4 cm, Diameter: 8.3 cm

Descriptive line

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


Black basalt; Glaze


Moulded; Pierced

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Stoneware


Ceramics Collection

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