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Pearlware vegetable dish and cover with botanical decoration - c.1816

Pearlware vegetable dish and cover with botanical decoration, © Wedgwood Museum
    Pearlware vegetable dish and cover with botanical decoration
    © Wedgwood Museum

Root dish with cover with under-glaze blue-printed botanical specimens. Pearlware c.1816 Root dish MGC/V&A purchase grant fund

Root dish with cover with under-glaze blue-printed botanical specimens. Pearlware c.1816 Root dish MGC/V&A purchase grant fund

  • Type of object: Dinner ware/vegetable dish
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed]
    .///.
    [Painted in blue on cover]
  • Year produced: c.1816
  • Body: pearlware
  • Decoration: under-glaze blue-painted and printed
  • Accession number: 11763, 11763a
  • Dimensions: 335 mm (length), 230 mm (height with cover), 165 mm (width)

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."