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Caneware cream with rosso antico relief ornamentation - c.1820

Caneware cream with rosso antico relief ornamentation, © Wedgwood Museum
    Caneware cream with rosso antico relief ornamentation
    © Wedgwood Museum

Octagonal-form tea set. Cane Ware with grapevine reliefs in red c.1820

Octagonal-form tea set. Cane Ware with grapevine reliefs in red c.1820

  • Type of object: Teaware/cream
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
  • Year produced: c.1820
  • Body: caneware, rosso antico
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: ornamented
  • Accession number: 1384
  • Dimensions: 128 mm (length), 72 mm (width), 60 mm (height)


  • Cane ware

    Cane ware

    Caneware is a dry-bodied stoneware, perfected from local North Staffordshire clays which does not require glazing. It ranges in colour from a rich tan-yellow through to buff. Wedgwood commenced work on this body in the early 1770s, and on 9 September 1771 he was able to write to Thomas Bentley: ‘I am very happy to know the Fawn colour'd articles are agreeable to your wishes, - I believe they will sell, for all who have seen them here, have fall'n in love with them'.

    Cane Ware was used for both Ornamental and Useful pieces, many of which were decorated in imitation of bamboo. Major pieces do not seem to have been produced until 1779,  as late as 1783 this new body was still presenting production problems and it was not until the summer of 1786 that the new body was totally established. The problem was resolved when a finer-ground body was produced, which could be enhanced by the addition of bas relief ornamentation, encaustic painting, or - from the early years of the nineteenth century onwards - by the combination print and enamel patterns which later became known as 'Capri' ware. A rather coarser cane body was also used for game pie dishes and pastry dishes. It first appeared in the 1787 edition of the Catalogue of Ornamental Wares, when it was the fifth in Wedgwood's list of ceramic bodies.


  • Rosso antico

    Rosso antico


    Rosso antico (literally antique red) is a stoneware ceramic body developed by Josiah Wedgwood I during the mid-to-late 1760s.  Wedgwood took his inspiration from the traditional red colour clay ware produced in the Potteries area during the 17th and 18th century.  However, he brought it to a degree of perfection not known before and utilised in the production of many decorative as well as useful items.