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Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting King Charles III of Spain - 1780

Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting King Charles III of Spain
    Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting King Charles III of Spain

Examples of this portrait produced with the Wedgwood and Bentley backstamp indicate that this portrait was produced before 1780 even though it does not appear in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1779 Catalogue. Wedgwood clearly had this portrait in mind some years earlier as he writes to Bentley on the 15th May 1776 'The King of Spain shall kiss your hand, & I hope to make some other use of his C-[atholic] Majesty in the Spanish Trade - if the subjecvts are fond of their King.' (E25-18669). The portrait was probably modelled from a medal by G.A. Gil which had been sent to Etruria by Hoskins and Grant (see manuscript L1-115). However there is a very similar portrait which was executed in ivory by Caledonio D'Arce in 1767 which may also have been the original inspiration.

Examples of this portrait produced with the Wedgwood and Bentley backstamp indicate that this portrait was produced before 1780 even though it does not appear in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1779 Catalogue. Wedgwood clearly had this portrait in mind some years earlier as he writes to Bentley on the 15th May 1776 'The King of Spain shall kiss your hand, & I hope to make some other use of his C-[atholic] Majesty in the Spanish Trade - if the subjecvts are fond of their King.' (E25-18669). The portrait was probably modelled from a medal by G.A. Gil which had been sent to Etruria by Hoskins and Grant (see manuscript L1-115). However there is a very similar portrait which was executed in ivory by Caledonio D'Arce in 1767 which may also have been the original inspiration.

  • Type of object: Manufacturing paraphernalia and miscellany/mould
  • Mark: (Unmarked)
  • Year produced: 1780
  • Body: Plaster of Paris
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 2930
  • Dimensions: 99 mm (length), 83 mm (width), 19 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.