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Sprig mould

Sprig mould

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790-1818 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wood, Enoch, born 1759 - died 1840 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fired clay

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Stuart G. Davis

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Here the applied decoration is in the Neo-classical style, which was then fashionable. It was made by pressing clay into sprig-moulds, scraping the back flat and teasing out the finished sprig. This was then brushed with clay slip and applied to the pot on the point of a knife blade.

Physical description

Sprig-mould in fired clay.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (made)


ca. 1790-1818 (made)


Wood, Enoch, born 1759 - died 1840 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Fired clay

Marks and inscriptions

'WOOD & CALDWELL 1818' for for Wood & Caldwell of Burslem


Length: 9.8 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Sprig-mould in fired clay, Wood & Caldwell factory ca.1790-1818.

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

Hildyard, Robin. European Ceramics. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 185177260X
Young, Hilary, 'The Birth of the Ceramic Designer' in Walford, Tom and Hilary Young British Ceramic Design, 1600-2002: Papers presented at the colloquium celebrating the 75th anniversary of the English Ceramic Circle, 1927-2002. 2003, p. 17, fig. 4

Labels and date

Mould for sprigged decoration
Made at the factory of Wood & Caldwell, Burslem, Staffordshire, 1818
Mark: 'WOOD & CALDWELL', twice repeated, and '1818', impressed

C.158-1937 Given by Mr Stuart G. Davis [23/05/2008]






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