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Tureen, stand and cover by Emile Lessore - 1870

Tureen, stand and cover by Emile Lessore, © Wedgwood Museum
    Tureen, stand and cover by Emile Lessore
    © Wedgwood Museum

This tureen was originally intended for a child's tea set. It features moulded scroll handles and hand-painted decoration by Emile Lessore. It is from c.1870.

This tureen was originally intended for a child's tea set. It features moulded scroll handles and hand-painted decoration by Emile Lessore. It is from c.1870.

  • Type of object: Useful ware/children's toy services
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed on tureen and stand]
    F
    [Impressed on tureen]
    K1
    [Impressed on tureen]
  • Year produced: 1870
  • Body: pearlware
  • Glaze: pearl
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: moulded, hand-enamelled
  • Accession number: 4272
  • Dimensions: 130 mm (height), 173 mm (diameter)

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  • Emile Lessore Artist

    Emile Lessore - Artist (1804 - 1875)

    Emile Lessore studied painting in the studio of Ingres and exhibited regularly in the Paris salons for 38 years, winning his first medal in 1831. Lessore initially worked at the Sèvres porcelain factory before moving to Minton. In 1860 Lessore joined Wedgwood where he gained a greater reputation. His work is frequently signed. His work for Wedgwood was exhibited at the London International Exhibition of 1862 and the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1867, and the Vienna Exhibition of 1873. In 1862 Lessore had made an agreement with Wedgwood to return to France where he settled at Marlotte but he continued to work for the company.

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."