Sorting and view mode

Black Astbury sugar bowl - 1974

Black Astbury sugar bowl, © Wedgwood Museum
    Black Astbury sugar bowl
    © Wedgwood Museum

This bone china sugar bowl is covered with the Black Astbury pattern, its shape is called Globe shape. The body is tall with slightly overturned shoulders, two oval open loop handles and a domed lid with pointed knob. 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 sugar bowl and both edges of the black band are decorated with a gold leaf border, the handles are covered in gold on the outer edges. The lid is decorated with a ground laid broad black band with leaf and flower design, the upper part of the knob is covered in gold.

This bone china sugar bowl is covered with the Black Astbury pattern, its shape is called Globe shape. The body is tall with slightly overturned shoulders, two oval open loop handles and a domed lid with pointed knob. 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 sugar bowl and both edges of the black band are decorated with a gold leaf border, the handles are covered in gold on the outer edges. The lid is decorated with a ground laid broad black band with leaf and flower design, the upper part of the knob is covered in gold. At launch in 1974 this item would have retailed at £91.85.

  • Type of object: Teaware/sugar bowl
  • Mark: [Portalnd vase device]
    [printed in black ink]
    WEDGWOOD®
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    [printed in brown]
  • Year produced: 1974
  • Body: Bone china
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: ground-layed
  • Accession number: 14204, 14204a
  • Dimensions: 152 mm (height)

Other images

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.