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Plaque

  • Place of origin:

    Burslem (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825 (made)
    1777 (modelled)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wood, Enoch, born 1759 - died 1840 (modeller)
    Enoch Wood & Sons (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with blue slip and a glazed relief

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:1306-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 14, shelf 8

Physical description

Plaque of white earthenware faced with blue in imitation of Wedgwood's jasper ware, and with a white glazed relief of a version of 'The Descent from the Cross'. The body of Christ is supported by five men, and at the foot of the Cross are two others holding open a fringed winding-sheet. On the ground are nails and a sponge in a bowl, and in the background to the right are the three Maries. At the top of the Cross is the inscription on a scroll 'JESUS OF NAZARETH KING OF THE JEWS'.

Place of Origin

Burslem (made)

Date

ca. 1825 (made)
1777 (modelled)

Artist/maker

Wood, Enoch, born 1759 - died 1840 (modeller)
Enoch Wood & Sons (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with blue slip and a glazed relief

Marks and inscriptions

'JESUS OF NAZARETH KING OF THE JEWS'
Inscribed at the top of the Cross on a scroll

'Enoch Wood Sculpt. 1777.'
Signed

Dimensions

Height: 50.8 cm, Width: 38.1 cm

Object history note

Bought in London, September 1884. The image on the plaque is based on a painting in the Louvre 'La Descente de croix' (1697) by Jean Jouvenet, who was a Rubenist.
A copy of this painting, now at Wednesbury Parish Church, was previously at West Bromwich or Walsall in Staffordshire and was apparently reproduced in engravings (see letter to the Editor, Apollo, June 1954).

Descriptive line

Plaque of white earthenware faced with blue and with a white glazed relief of 'The Descent from the Cross', modelled by Enoch Wood in 1777, made by Enoch Wood & Sons, Burslem, ca. 1825.

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

Horne, Jonathan. A Collection of Early English Pottery, London, 1998. No. 540.
See Object Information file in Ceramics and Glass offices.
Hartland, Henry. Letter to the Editor: Enoch Wood Plaque, Apollo, June 1954

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Relief; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Biblical subjects, The Deposition from the Cross

Categories

Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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