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  • Vase
    Upton, Elizabeth Lady Templetown Viscountess Templetown, born 1747 - died 1823
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  • Place of origin:

    Etruria (made)

  • Date:

    1790-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Upton, Elizabeth Lady Templetown Viscountess Templetown, born 1747 - died 1823 (designer)
    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Herbert Allen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 118, The Wolfson Gallery, case 2

Object Type
The vase is a purely decorative one. It was probably intended for display in a private library or other domestic interior. It was made at a time when vases were enormously popular. The Staffordshire potter Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) and his competitors exploited and promoted this fashion, Wedgwood in 1769 boasting of his intention of becoming 'Vase Maker General to the Universe'.

Design & Designing
The figure composition was originally made in 'cut Indian paper' by Elizabeth, Lady Templetown (1747-1823), an amateur artist. Wedgwood reproduced 14 reliefs after her designs, and acknowledged her 'exquisite taste' and 'charming groups' in the 1787 catalogue of his ornamental wares. He probably asked her for designs in the hope that they would appeal to female taste. Wedgwood first made snake-handled vases of this shape in blue Jasper stoneware around 1786. He was clearly pleased with the Jasper versions, as he illustrated one in the English and French editions of his catalogue of ornamental wares of 1787 and 1788. These Jasper versions generally have reliefs of 'Venus in her Chariot', not the figure scenes seen here.

Physical description

Vase of earthenware. Ovoid body with a hollow shoulder, high foot on a square plinth with an anthemion border in relief, narrow neck, beads round the mouth, two reeled loop handles rising above the rim, and a serpent coiled about each. The reliefs depict women and children, with Cupid shooting his bow, a lamb, trees and a tripod.

Place of Origin

Etruria (made)


1790-1800 (made)


Upton, Elizabeth Lady Templetown Viscountess Templetown, born 1747 - died 1823 (designer)
Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'WEDGWOOD' [Impressed]

Two intelaced half circles [twice repeated]


Height: 36.83 cm

Object history note

Formerly in the collection of Mr. Arthur Rokeby Price.

Descriptive line

Vase of earthenware, designed by Lady Templetown, made by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd., Etruria, 1790-1800.

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

Lewis, John & Griselda. Pratt Ware. Suffolk : Antique Collectors Club, 1984, 202 p.

Labels and date

Made at the factory of Josiah Wedgwood, Etruria, Staffordshire, about 1780
Marks: 'WEDGWOOD', impressed, and two interlaced half circles, twice repeated, impressed
Lead-glazed earthenware

C.799-1935 Herbert Allen Collection

Frieze from designs by Lady Templeton [23/05/2008]



Subjects depicted

Anthemion; Tripod; Women; Beaded; Serpent; Trees; Children; Lamb


Ceramics; Vases; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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