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Bedford Grape Set - gravy dish & cover - 1815

Bedford Grape Set - Gravy dish, cover and stand, ©  Wedgwood Museum
    Bedford Grape Set - Gravy dish, cover and stand
    © Wedgwood Museum

Although Josiah I was extremely dubious about the business of producing armorial wares, by 1776 he had realised that this section of production was highly lucrative. As with other branches of his manufacture Wedgwood kept meticulous records for his factory artists, which also documented orders past and present, in this case in a series of crest books. This creamware gravy, or sauce, tureen with Bedford grape pattern and armorial device of the Dukes of Bedford dates to 1815.

Although Wedgwood’s association with the Duke of Bedford, had commenced as early as 1765, it was really from 1786 that our archive records in detail the various wares supplied to Woburn Abbey; his stately home. The first order for a creamware armorial service bearing the Bedford grape pattern was in February 1789 – but sadly the service seems to have disappeared. This gravy, or sauce, tureen is from a second set ordered by the Duke from Clewes of Edinburgh in 1815. This set is decorated with a hand-painted brown grape border design and the Bedford crest, which depicts a goat.

  • Type of object: Dinner ware/tureen
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD [Impressed]
  • Year produced: 1815
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: hand-painted, bat printed
  • Accession number: 5419, 5419a
  • Dimensions: 121 mm (height), 186 mm (width), 133 mm (depth)

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    The Wedgwood factory under Josiah I established a connection with the Dukes of Bedford as early as 1765, when Wedgwood detailed to Bentley how he had ‘…been three days hard and close at work taking patterns from a set of French china at the Duke of Bedfords…’ Following this the factory supplied a range of items from dairy ware through to crested wares for use at the Bedford’s ancestral home - Woburn Abbey.


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