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Cassolette vase - 1769-1775

Cassolette vase
    Cassolette vase

This cassolette vase has been made from solid, or blended, agate. In that technique different coloured clays are wedged together and often pressed into moulds in order to prevent a blurring of the different coloured clays on the surface, which would definately happen in the throwing and turning process. The vase has been further decorated with applied ornamental swags and scroll handles. 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 cassolette vase has been made from solid, or blended, agate. In that technique different coloured clays are wedged together and often pressed into moulds in order to prevent a blurring of the different coloured clays on the surface, which would definately happen in the throwing and turning process. The vase has been further decorated with applied ornamental swags and scroll handles. 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. The ornamental scroll handles have been broken off, and at some point replaced with handles in another medium. These in turn have been damaged. The vase's plinth has also been smashed and has been consolidated with the use of staples. There are also minute traces of gilding remaining on the ornamental swags, the majority of which has worn away. The vase was originally made between 1769 and 1775.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/vase
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY:
    ETRURIA.
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: 1769-1775
  • Body: Black Basalt, agate
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: moulded, gilded, ornamented
  • Accession number: 139
  • Dimensions: 160 mm (height), 80 mm (approximate width), 68 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.