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Black Astbury creamer - 1974

Black Astbury creamer, © Wedgwood Museum
    Black Astbury creamer
    © Wedgwood Museum

This bone china creamer is covered with the Black Astbury pattern, its shape is called Globe shape. The body is tall with slightly overturned shoulders, an oval open loop handle and a wide pouring lip. The visible bone china on the exterior of the body has a cream wash and a broad black band is laid at the top. This band has a printed gold outline and is decorated with raised paste gilding, which enhances the design of leaves, stylised flowers and an octagon surrounding a female dancer. The foot of this creamer and both edges of the black band are decorated with a gold leaf border, the handle is covered in gold on the outer edges.

This bone china creamer is covered with the Black Astbury pattern, its shape is called Globe shape. The body is tall with slightly overturned shoulders, an oval open loop handle and a wide pouring lip. The visible bone china on the exterior of the body has a cream wash and a broad black band is laid at the top. This band has a printed gold outline and is decorated with raised paste gilding, which enhances the design of leaves, stylised flowers and an octagon surrounding a female dancer. The foot of this creamer and both edges of the black band are decorated with a gold leaf border, the handle is covered in gold on the outer edges. At launch in 1974 this item would have retailed at £69.30.

  • Type of object: Teaware/cream
  • Mark: [Portland vase device]
    [printed in black ink]
    WEDGWOOD®
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    [Printed in gold]
  • Year produced: 1974
  • Body: Bone china
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: gilded, ground-layed
  • Accession number: 11842
  • Dimensions: 100 mm (height)

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Glossary

  • Bone china

    Bone china

    A porcelain made from clay and feldspathic rock with the addition of about 50 percent of calcined animal bone. Josiah Wedgwood II introduced bone china at the Wedgwood Etruria factory in 1812.

  • Gilding

    Gilding

    The application of gold to the pottery body. During the mid-eighteenth century gold leaf was mixed with honey, applied to the ware, and fired at a low temperature to ‘fix’ the gilding. By 1855 a liquid gold had been developed, and a bright-burnished gold was in use from 1860.