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Gold Florentine cream jug - shape 146 - After 1958

Gold Florentine cream jug, © Wedgwood Museum
    Gold Florentine cream jug
    © Wedgwood Museum

Florentine by tradition is always attributed to Thomas Allen. The earliest reference for this design, however, is 1874, two years prior to Allen joining the Wedgwood company (November 1876). In a factory memo dated July 1874 written by Godfrey Wedgwood, the following reference occurs: 'Florentine pattern with Dark Blue Ground and yellow dragons'. this was, of course, before the re-introduction of the bone china body and therefore this first use would be on a Queen's Ware body. Wedgwood factory records show fifteen variations on the Florentine design. Over the years this pattern has kept its classical elements, but has been utilised again and again in varying colour combinations over the years.

Florentine by tradition is always attributed to Thomas Allen. The earliest reference for this design, however, is 1874, two years prior to Allen joining the Wedgwood company (November 1876). In a factory memo dated July 1874 written by Godfrey Wedgwood, the following reference occurs: 'Florentine pattern with Dark Blue Ground and yellow dragons'. this was, of course, before the re-introduction of the bone china body and therefore this first use would be on a Queen's Ware body. Wedgwood factory records show fifteen variations on the Florentine design. Over the years this pattern has kept its classical elements, but has been utilised again and again in varying colour combinations over the years. This cream jug decoration can be found under pattern number W4219 (pattern number can be seen on base of jug). Decoration applied using transfer printed and consists of a top and bottom gold band, which has mythical creatures in its center, also in gold. Pattern is applied to top external area of jug. Handle and base of jug also have a gold line applied as part of decoration. Main body of jug is bone china with a clear glaze applied. At launch piece retailed at 40 shillings.

  • Type of object: Teaware/cream
  • Mark: [Portland vase device]
    [printed in black ink]
    WEDGWOOD®
    Bone China
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    GOLD
    FLORENTINE ©
    W4219
    [printed in gold]
  • Year produced: After 1958
  • Body: Bone china
  • Glaze: white
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: transfer-printed
  • Accession number: 11849
  • Dimensions: 140 mm (width), 100 mm (diameter), 65 mm (height)

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  • Bone china

    Bone china

    A porcelain made from clay and feldspathic rock with the addition of about 50 percent of calcined animal bone. Josiah Wedgwood II introduced bone china at the Wedgwood Etruria factory in 1812.

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