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Mazarine blue cup and saucer with 'Mikado and Landscape' design - c.1873

Mazarine blue cup and saucer with 'Mikado and Landscape' design, © Wedgwood Museum
    Mazarine blue cup and saucer with 'Mikado and Landscape' design
    © Wedgwood Museum

Cup and saucer; teapot; satsuma shape, mazarine blue and gold design called Mikado and Landscape. Pearlware c.1873

Cup and saucer; teapot; satsuma shape, mazarine blue and gold design called Mikado and Landscape. Pearlware c.1873

  • Type of object: Teaware/cup and saucer
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed on saucer]
    VWA
    [Impressed on saucer]
    C1280
    [Handwritten on saucer]
    5
    164
    [Handwritten on saucer]
    7
    [Handwritten in blue on saucer]
    5
    [Printed in black on saucer]
    5535
    97 484
    [In red on cup]
  • Year produced: c.1873
  • Body: pearlware
  • Accession number: 5535
  • Dimensions: 31 mm (height of saucer), 129 mm (diameter of saucer), 52 mm (height of cup), 80 mm (width of cup), 63 mm (depth of cup)

Glossary

  • Pearlware

    Pearlware

     

    Essentially an earthenware body, which has had extra flint added to the initial clay-mix and cobalt to the glaze, to enhance the overall blue-white appearance of the ware. Initially perfected by Josiah Wedgwood I in around 1779, this ceramic ware was basically developed to meet the competition of imported blue-decorated Chinese porcelain. Production of this particular ceramic body continued until 1940.

    The development of pearlware by Josiah Wedgwood was a response to his fear that Queen's ware had become so popular that it was losing it's cachet amongst his clientele. For example on the 6th August 1779 Josiah wrote to Thomas Bentley "I should not hesitate a moment in prefering the creamware if I consulted my own taste and sentiments but you know what Lady Dartmouth told us , that she & her friends were tired of creamcolour & so they would of Angels if they were shown for sale in every chandlers shop throughout the time."