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Minervan helmet - 1885

Minervan helmet
    Minervan helmet

This ornately decorated centre piece is in the form of a helmet, the shape of which is inspired by interpretations of the Roman goddess Minerva. This piece was made between 1885-90.

This ornately decorated centre piece is in the form of a helmet, the shape of which is inspired by interpretations of the Roman goddess Minerva. This piece was made between 1885-90.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/centre piece
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed]
    A
    [Impressed]
    J?D
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: 1885
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: moulded, majolica, gilded
  • Accession number: 9596
  • Dimensions: 210 mm (height), 265 mm (length), 154 mm (width)

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  • Queen’s ware

    Queen’s ware

    In 1765 Wedgwood provided a tea and coffee service to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte (wife of George III) in the new earthenware body he had recently perfected. She was so pleased with the set that she not only allowed Josiah to style himself ‘Potter to Her Majesty’, she also allowed him to call his new earthenware ‘Queen’s ware’ - a name by which Wedgwood’s cream coloured earthenware is still known today.