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Sample medallion, possibly a trial - Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor (161-180 AD)
  • Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor (161-180 AD)
    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons
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Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor (161-180 AD)

  • Object:

    Sample medallion, possibly a trial

  • Place of origin:

    Etruria (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White Jasper medallion with black 'dip' back and front, with applied portrait relief (the detail of which was probably heightened by hand), and applied blue Jasper border with applied white reliefs.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Ursula Vaughan Williams

  • Museum number:

    C.87-1999

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 24, shelf 3

Physical description

Oval Jasper medallion (3.7 x 3.3 cm) with black 'dip' top and bottom, and blue border with applied white reliefs; the low relief portrait faces right; bottom centre is a white tablet with reference number '1265' (corresponding to an entry in 1773 catalogue), and the reverse has the impressed mark 'WEDGWOOD' (indicating a date after 1780).

Place of Origin

Etruria (made)

Date

ca. 1780s (made)

Artist/maker

Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (makers)

Materials and Techniques

White Jasper medallion with black 'dip' back and front, with applied portrait relief (the detail of which was probably heightened by hand), and applied blue Jasper border with applied white reliefs.

Dimensions

Height: 3.7 cm, Width: 3.3 cm

Object history note

Provenance: by descent through the Wedgwood, Darwin and Vaughan Williams families.

Descriptive line

Factory or showroom sample medallion, possibly a trial, with portrait of Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor (161-180 AD), after a rock crystal, Jasper with black 'dip' and applied reliefs, Josiah Wedgwood, Etruria, Staffordshire, probably 1780s

Production Note

Josiah Wedgwood (manufacturer). In production in Black Basalt by 1773, this factory or showroom piece probably 1780s

Materials

Jasper ware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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