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Encaustic-painted jug - 1780

Encaustic-painted jug, side, photography M.Coupe
    Encaustic-painted jug, side, photography M.Coupe

This black basalt jug is decorated with a blue and red encaustic enamel border. The shape of the raised rim that this jug displays is known as a parapet edge.

This black basalt jug is decorated with a blue and red encaustic enamel border. The shape of the raised rim that this jug displays is known as a parapet edge.

  • Type of object: Useful ware/jug
  • Mark: Wedgwood
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  • Year produced: 1780
  • Body: Black Basalt
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: encaustic painted
  • Accession number: 1059
  • Dimensions: 142 mm (height), 110 mm (width, handle to spout), 90 mm (depth)

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Glossary

  • Encaustic painting

    Encaustic painting

    Developed by Josiah Wedgwood I for the purpose of imitating Greek and Italian vases decorated in the red-figure style. The most usual colour combinations utilised are red and white, although green and blue encaustic enamels are also known. The surface of the colours is matt as well as being smooth and durable.

     

    Encaustic painting was a technique of decorating black basalt pieces developed by Josiah Wedgwood principally for the purpose of emulating the classical ceramics referred to as Etruscan wares. It was also employed on cane ware and rosso antico bodies. The surface of the colours is matt and smooth. Wedgwood patented the technique in 1769, which compelled him to reveal the composition and technique. This was the only patent taken out by Josiah in his lifetime. Encaustic decorating was continued at the Etruria factory from time to time during the 19th century.