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Trial for the Portland Vase - 1786

Trial for the Portland Vase, © Wedgwood Museum
    Trial for the Portland Vase
    © Wedgwood Museum

Jasper ‘trials’ or experiments were carried out to make a copy of the Barberini Vase from June 1786, when Josiah borrowed the original glass vase to make a copy in his Jasper body. The ‘trials’ were principally to emulate the dark blue cobalt tone of the glass and to create a translucent effect with the bas reliefs.

Jasper ‘trials’ or experiments were carried out to make a copy of the Barberini Vase from June 1786, when Josiah borrowed the original glass vase to make a copy in his Jasper body. The ‘trials’ were principally to emulate the dark blue cobalt tone of the glass and to create a translucent effect with the bas reliefs.

  • Type of object: Trials and experiments/portland vase trial
  • Year produced: 1786
  • Body: Jasper
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: sprigged
  • Accession number: 1356a
  • Dimensions: 60 mm (oval length), 47 mm (oval diameter)