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Twig basket - 1973

Twig basket stand, © The Wedgwood museum
    Twig basket stand
    © The Wedgwood museum

Twig baskets were first advertised by Wedgwood in his 1774 Queen's ware catalogue. They are delicate circular or oval fruit baskets which are formed from woven strips of clay. These strips have been extruded from a special die known as a dod. Highly skilled work then follows to form the basket over a mould and to weave the strips in place. The clay strips woven roughly halfway up the basket are not fused to the vertical strips and this plait remains seperate. Twig baskets have been produced by Wedgwood intermittently since, and are today noted as prestige items. Oval or circular stands for the baskets were also illustrated in the 1774 Catalogue.

Twig baskets were first advertised by Wedgwood in his 1774 Queen's ware catalogue. They are delicate circular or oval fruit baskets which are formed from woven strips of clay. These strips have been extruded from a special die known as a dod. Highly skilled work then follows to form the basket over a mould and to weave the strips in place. The clay strips woven roughly halfway up the basket are not fused to the vertical strips and this plait remains seperate. Twig baskets have been produced by Wedgwood intermittently since, and are today noted as prestige items. Oval or circular stands for the baskets were also illustrated in the 1774 Catalogue. The inside of the vessel is decorated with a moulded centre in the form of basket work. This 20th Century example is undated but was produced after 1973. The fragility of such baskets is indicated by the fact that this has a break on the horizontal weave. The black dot on the basket's underside indicates that it was a second.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/basket
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD®
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    TB
    OE
    [Impressed]
    .
    [Painted in black]
  • Year produced: 1973
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: cream
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: moulded, woven
  • Accession number: 13796
  • Dimensions: 268 mm (diameter), 75 mm (depth)

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Glossary

  • Catalogues

    Catalogues

    The Wedgwood factory issued both useful ware catalogues, and ornamental ware catalogues. The useful ware catalogues featured items made of cream-coloured earthenware. The ornamental ware catalogues listed cameos, portrait medallions, busts and figures.

  • 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.