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Creamware vase - 1768

Creamware vase, photography m.coupe, © Wedgwood Museum
    Creamware vase, photography m.coupe
    © Wedgwood Museum

This creamware vase was made about 1768. It is decorated in the rococo style with applied drapery festoons supported by rings. The shoulder of the vase features rouletted decoration, whilst the handles are adorned by applied leaves and fruits.

This creamware vase was made about 1768. It is decorated in the rococo style with applied drapery festoons supported by rings. The shoulder of the vase features rouletted decoration, whilst the handles are adorned by applied leaves and fruits.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/vase
  • Mark: Unmarked
  • Year produced: 1768
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: cream
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: rouletted
  • Accession number: 1591
  • Dimensions: 290 mm (height), 198 mm (width, handle to handle)

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Glossary

  • 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'.

  • Rococo

    Rococo

    From the French rocaille (shell-work), the principal features of rococo are asymmetrical ornament influenced by shells, flowers, foliage and scrollwork.

  • Queen’s ware

    Queen’s ware

    In 1765 Wedgwood provided a tea and coffee service to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte (wife of George III) in the new earthenware body he had recently perfected. She was so pleased with the set that she not only allowed Josiah to style himself ‘Potter to Her Majesty’, she also allowed him to call his new earthenware ‘Queen’s ware’ - a name by which Wedgwood’s cream coloured earthenware is still known today.