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Shape 225 - Lunar coffeepot - 1984

Lunar Coffeepot, ©  Wedgwood Museum
    Lunar Coffeepot
    © Wedgwood Museum

In 1984, to celebrate the 225th anniversary of continuous trading, Wedgwood launched a new and innovative range of forms that became known as ‘Shape 225’. Available in both white bone china and black basalt, which Josiah I had perfected in 1768, this range responded to the elegance of past products while taking Wedgwood design into the future.

In 1984 Wedgwood celebrated 225 years of continuous trade. Josiah Wedgwood I founded the Company on May Day 1759, at the Ivy House Works in Burslem, Staffordshire. To commemorate this historic event Wedgwood evolved a totally new and innovative range of forms that became known as ‘Shape 225’ Contemporary advertising copy made the most of Shape 225’s modern parentage, noting that it was ‘ the creation of Jerome Gould of the international design studio, Gould and Associates.’ Robert Minkin, Wedgwood’s then Art Director, headed a highly qualified and experienced team of designers and craftsmen who worked in collaboration with ceramic technologists in order to bring to life Gould’s concept. This elegant and innovative part-glazed black basalt coffee pot epitomises not only the Shape 225 design concept, but also the heritage of Wedgwood design that it both celebrated and took into the future. Decoration on this piece plays with matt and gloss finishes to give a simple yet effective pattern. Interior of this coffee pot is decorated with a clear glaze, the exterior however has a dual finish applied, clear gloss has been applied to the lower area, running diagonally from tip to base of handle, remaining top area including handle has been left unglazed. Body of this piece is formed from black basalt. At launch in 1984 this piece retailed at £44.60

  • Type of object: Teaware/coffee pot
  • Mark: SHAPE 225
    (Printed in gold)
  • Year produced: 1984
  • Body: Black Basalt
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: glazed
  • Accession number: 11385, 11385a
  • Dimensions: 220 mm (height), 175 mm (width), 124 mm (diameter)

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