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Cassolette vase - 1769-1775

Cassolette vase
    Cassolette vase

This porphyry cassolette vase is made from a terracotta stoneware which has been decorated with a surface porphyry effect. The vase has been further decorated with applied ornamental swags which have been gilded.

This porphyry cassolette vase is made from a terracotta stoneware which has been decorated with a surface porphyry effect. The vase is a variant of Wedgwood's vase shape number 12, and appears to have been cast rather than thrown. The vase has been further decorated with applied ornamental swags and scroll handles which have been gilded. The vase has been screwed to a square plinth base made of Black Basalt. It is on the base where the impressed Wedgwood & Bentley pad mark encircles the bolt that keeps the two parts attached. This vase has been seriously damaged. One of the incurved applied ornamental scroll handles has been broken off. Much of the gilding has worn away. It was made between 1769 and 1775.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/vase
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY:
    ETRURIA.
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: 1769-1775
  • Body: Black Basalt, white terra cotta
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: moulded, gilded, ornamented, porphyry
  • Accession number: 137
  • Dimensions: 197 mm (height), 105 mm (width), 82 mm (approximate depth)

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  • Vases

    Vases

    Wedgwood announced his intention of becoming, ‘Vase Maker General to the Universe' in a letter to Bentley on 1st May 1769. His vases were enormously successful when they were first shown in the London Showrooms. It was reported in May 1769 that, ‘There was no getting to the door for Coaches, nor into the rooms for Ladies and Gent.n. & ... Vases was all the cry'.

  • Cassolette

    Cassolette

    A cassolette or candle vase has a reversible lid, one side surmounted by a conventional finial, the other with a candle nozzle. These were designed to appear to be a conventional vase during the day but a useful candlestick in the evenings.