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Madonna and Child tondo - 1980

Parian tondo, © Wedgwood Museum
    Parian tondo
    © Wedgwood Museum

Parian ware plaque depicting in relief the Madonna and child after Taddei Madonna by Michelangelo modelled by Arnold Machin OBE RA for the Royal Academy.

Parian ware plaque depicting in relief the Madonna and child after Taddei Madonna by Michelangelo modelled by Arnold Machin OBE RA for the Royal Academy.

  • Type of object: Plaques and medallions/plaque
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    80 BB
    (impressed)
  • Year produced: 1980
  • Body: parian
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 11529
  • Dimensions: 310 mm (diameter)

Related people

  • Arnold Machin

    Arnold Machin (1911 - 1999)

    Machin was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1911. He started work at the age of 14 as an apprentice china painter at the Minton Pottery, and during the Depression he learnt to sculpt at the Art School in Stoke-on-Trent. He later moved to Derby, and the Royal Academy in London. After spending the Second World War as a conscientious objector, he returned to modelling and sculpture, and created many notable ceramics which are now prized collectors' items. In 1946 he was elected an associate member of the Royal Academy, was appointed a Master of Sculpture from 1959 to 1966 and became the longest-serving member of the Academy. He was elected an Academician in 1956 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. From 1951 he was a tutor at the Royal College of Art, where he entered the culture that was to bring him his most celebrated commissions. He was probably best remembered for the designing of the new decimal coinage effigies of Queen Elizabeth in 1964 and 1967 and for the definitive issue of postage stamps in 1967.

  • Michelangelo

    Michelangelo (1475 - 1564)

    Possibly the foremost sculptor of the Renaissance (at least, to modern taste), although he, himself, awarded the honour to Cellini, a judgement with which the 19th century was largely in agreement. Nothing by Michelangelo in bronze survives, but a number of marbles still exist, including the tondo belonging to the Royal Academy. Casts of his best known works are in the Gallery of Casts, Victoria and Albert Museum. Michelangelo’s work was used by some of Wedgwood’s artists as a source of inspiration, particularly a Bacchus figure modelled by Flaxman in 1773, a Triton figure standing upon rocks modelled by Keeling, a large basaltes lamp, the figure of a lion, and one of the sphinx.