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Plaque - The discovery of Achilles among the daughters of Lycomedes
  • The discovery of Achilles among the daughters of Lycomedes
    Pacetti, Camillo
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The discovery of Achilles among the daughters of Lycomedes

  • Object:

    Plaque

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1788 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pacetti, Camillo (modeller)
    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (manufacturer)

  • Credit Line:

    J.A. Tulk Bequest

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.730-1956

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 24, shelf 2

Large Jasper panels were difficult to fire without warping. Wedgwood made them from coarsely ground Jasper, which was less prone to distortion than a finer mix. But he gave their upper surfaces a ‘dip’ of the finer darker Jasper visible here.

The panel is one of several based on wax models that Wedgwood commissioned from Italian and British artists working in Rome around 1788, among them Camillo Pacetti (1758-1826), John de Vaere and Angelo Dalmozzoni. Pacetti based his design for this panel on a Roman antiquity in Capitoline Museum, Rome (and known as the sarcophagus of Alexander Severus and Julia Mammaea). He was described by Dalmozzoni as 'a proud imperious fellow.'

Physical description

Rectangular solid blue Jasper panel with applied figures in white Jasper

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (made)

Date

ca. 1788 (made)

Artist/maker

Pacetti, Camillo (modeller)
Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (manufacturer)

Descriptive line

Blue Jasper panel with The discovery of Achilles among the daughters of Lycomedes, Josiah Wedgwood's factory, Staffordshire, about 1788

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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