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Cup and saucer in black dipped white jasper - 1955

Cup and saucer in black dipped white jasper
    Cup and saucer in black dipped white jasper

This 1950s jasper cup and saucer harks back to ornamentation first used by Wedgwood in the 1780s. Both the cup and saucer are white jasper which has been partially dipped in black jasper slip, then engine turned and ornamented. The cup features 18th century cupid reliefs, including cupid fanfare. The modellers of these are unknown. Although still finely potted the pieces are thicker than the 18th century originals. Occasionally such 1950s examples can have a clear glaze on the inside of the cup in imitation of the lapidiary polishing of 1780s pieces, however this item has not had this treatment and may be an unfinished piece.

This 1950s jasper cup and saucer harks back to ornamentation first used by Wedgwood in the 1780s. Both the cup and saucer are white jasper which has been partially dipped in black jasper slip, then engine turned and ornamented. The cup features 18th century cupid reliefs, including cupid fanfare. The modellers of these are unknown. Although still finely potted the pieces are thicker than the 18th century originals. Occasionally such 1950s examples can have a clear glaze on the inside of the cup in imitation of the lapidiary polishing of 1780s pieces, however this item has not had this treatment and may be an unfinished piece.

  • Type of object: Teaware/cup and saucer
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    1955
    I
    BW
    [Impressed on cup]
    WEDGWOOD (Indistinct)
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    I
    BW (Indistinct)
    [Impressed on saucer]
  • Year produced: 1955
  • Body: Jasper
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: dipped, engine-turned, ornamented
  • Accession number: 12654, 12654a
  • Dimensions: 134 mm (saucer diameter), 20 mm (saucer depth); 46 mm (cup height), 100 mm (cup width), 82 mm (cup depth)

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  • Bas reliefs

    Bas reliefs

    A term referred to raised ornamentation, often of classical origins, and generally applied to stoneware bodies. In the production of jasper the ornamentation is often white.