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Dolphin candlestick - 1860

Dolphin candlestick
    Dolphin candlestick

The design of this dolphin candlestick dates back to the eighteenth century when it was produced in jasper by Wedgwood. Here it has been made in Queen's ware with a majolica glaze to suit contemporary Victorian tastes. This candlestick is one of a pair in the Wedgwood Museum collections.

The design of this dolphin candlestick dates back to the eighteenth century when it was produced in jasper by Wedgwood. Here it has been made in Queen's ware with a majolica glaze to suit contemporary Victorian tastes. This candlestick is one of a pair in the Wedgwood Museum collections.

  • Type of object: Useful ware/candlestick
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: 1860
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: moulded, majolica
  • Accession number: 3882
  • Dimensions: 242 mm (height), 165 mm (length), 95 mm (depth)

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  • Majolica

    Majolica

    Majolica ware consists of an earthenware body which can be cast or moulded into a wide variety of shapes (including umbrella stands, garden pots, salad bowls etc.) and which is then decorated with a selection of oxide-rich opaque glazes of varying hues. Produced at the old Etruria factory between 1860 and 1910, Majolica proved to be particularly popular with the Victorians.