Please complete the form to email this item.

Buckle

Buckle

  • Place of origin:

    Etruria, England (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Jasper ware and back-painted glass, mounted in cut steel and painted

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:1294-1885

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, room 118e, case 1

  • Download image

Object Type
The buckle is made as a single piece, and has two wide loops on the back. It was probably for a woman's belt, which may have been worn high under the bust.

Materials & Making
Steel was relatively inexpensive, but the labour-intensive facetting on the best cut-steel work made it costly. The cut-steel mounts on Wedgwood's Jasper are often attributed to the great Birmingham industrialist Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), a friend and rival of Wedgwood's. In 1786 Wedgwood wrote to explain to him that 'I have left a few sets of my cameo buttons to be mounted, & shall be glad to increase our connection in this way, as well as selling you cameos for your trade, as in having them mounted by you for mine, both in gilt metal & steel'. Wedgwood also supplied Jasper for mounting to Green & Vale of Birmingham and Vernon & Hasselwood of Wolverhampton. Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Woodstock were the chief centres for cut-steel. The painted glass medallion has an engine-turned backing.

Design & Designing
The Jasper reliefs are of the Signs of the Zodiac. These are based on a relief that Wedgwood bought from the London plaster shop of Mrs Landr‚ in 1774.

Physical description

Buckle of cut steel, mounted with two circular blue jasperware plaques with white reliefs of the signs of the Zodiac. The two circular panels, with steel segments above and below, are connected with one another by an oval medallion with a miniature painting in black on opal glass of a classical female figure.

Place of Origin

Etruria, England (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1810 (made)

Artist/maker

Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Jasper ware and back-painted glass, mounted in cut steel and painted

Dimensions

Width: 11.43 cm, Depth: 8.6 cm

Descriptive line

Belt buckle of cut steel, mounted with two circular blue jasperware plaques, Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd., probably Etruria, ca. 1810.

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

Mason, Shena (ed.).Matthew Boulton: Selling What All the World Desires. London and New York: Birmingham City Council with Yale University Press, 2009. 147. ill.

Exhibition History

Matthew Boulton (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 01/06/2009-20/09/2009)
The Genius of Wedgwood (Victoria and Albert Museum 01/06/1995-30/09/1995)

Labels and date

British Galleries:
This large buckle was probably made for a high-waisted dress of the type fashionable after 1800. [27/03/2003]

Materials

Glass; Steel; Jasper ware

Techniques

Painted; Mounted

Subjects depicted

Female; Zodiac

Categories

Ceramics; British Galleries; Fashion; Jasperware

Collection code

CER

Download image
Qr_O79577
Ajax-loader