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Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting John Bradby Blake - 1779

Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting John Bradby Blake
    Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting John Bradby Blake

This portrait was originally modelled by Joachim Smith, and medallions taken from this design were first advertised in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1779 Catalogue. The original design was sourced from a medal. Mention is made of Blake medallions in the Wedgwood Manuscripts - references E25-18659 (3rd March 1776) and E25-18668 (12th May 1776).

This portrait was originally modelled by Joachim Smith, and medallions taken from this design were first advertised in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1779 Catalogue. The original design was sourced from a medal. Mention is made of Blake medallions in the Wedgwood Manuscripts - references E25-18659 (3rd March 1776) and E25-18668 (12th May 1776).

  • Type of object: Manufacturing paraphernalia and miscellany/mould
  • Mark: Blake
    [Written in ink]
    I.S.
    [Moulded on the portrait truncation]
  • Year produced: 1779
  • Body: Plaster of Paris
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 2951
  • Dimensions: 49 mm (length), 41 mm (width), 12 mm (depth)

Glossary

  • Block mould

    Block mould

    The master mould often carved in wood, wax or low-fired earthenware from which working plaster of Paris moulds are taken.

  • Portrait Medallion

    Portrait Medallion

     

    A medallion, either circular or oval, made usually from black basalt or jasper, which features a head or head and shoulders study, rather than a relief of a classical nature.