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Black Tonquin octagonal bowl - After 1980

Black Tonquin octagonal bowl, photography m.coupe, © Wedgwood Museum
    Black Tonquin octagonal bowl, photography m.coupe
    © Wedgwood Museum

Tonquin as a pattern has its origins in the 19th century, circa 1830, when it appeared on earthenware bodies. John Edward Goodwin (1867-1949) was an Art Director at Wedgwood and was responsible for designing some of the most famous Wedgwood patterns including 'Ruby Tonquin' (1930), and 'Ulander' (1912). Ruby Tonquin first appeared in 1930 under pattern number W2488 , and was utilised on dinner and tea ware. In the 20th century Tonquin was revived as specific design for bone china in a variety of colour combinations and background finishes, by Victor Skellern. Skellern worked under John Edward Goodwin in the Design department and later in 1934 took over from Goodwin. The Wedgwood Review vol6 No12 of Dec 1976 references two new designs created for the China & Glass exhibition in Harrods, those patterns being black and gold and green and gold. Both Ruby and Black Tonquin patterns were discontinued in 1994.

Tonquin as a pattern has its origins in the 19th century, circa 1830, when it appeared on earthenware bodies. John Edward Goodwin (1867-1949) was an Art Director at Wedgwood and was responsible for designing some of the most famous Wedgwood patterns including 'Ruby Tonquin' (1930), and 'Ulander' (1912). Ruby Tonquin first appeared in 1930 under pattern number W2488 , and was utilised on dinner and tea ware. In the 20th century Tonquin was revived as specific design for bone china in a variety of colour combinations and background finishes, by Victor Skellern. Skellern worked under John Edward Goodwin in the Design department and later in 1934 took over from Goodwin. The Wedgwood Review vol6 No12 of Dec 1976 references two new designs created for the China & Glass exhibition in Harrods, those patterns being black and gold and green and gold. Both Ruby and Black Tonquin patterns were discontinued in 1994. This Octagonal bowl is decorated with the Black Tonquin pattern introduced in 1980 and is listed in the Wedgwood pattern books as number R4545. Design on exterior of bowl is of flowers and leaves patterns in gold on a black background, edge line pattern is in black and gold. Exterior pattern has been applied using transfer print and a ground layed. Interior of bowl is mostly white with the exception being a single flower on a branch with leaves in gold on the base and gold pattern edge line. A clear glaze has been applied to interior.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/bowl
  • Mark: [Portland vase device]
    [printed in black]
    WEDGWOOD ®
    Bone China
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    BLACK ©
    TONQUIN
    [printed in gold]
  • Year produced: After 1980
  • Body: Bone china
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: transfer-printed, ground-layed, stencilled
  • Accession number: 11846
  • Dimensions: 230 mm (length), 100 mm (height)

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    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.