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Twin Handled Vase - 1765

Twin handled vase, © Wedgwood Museum
    Twin handled vase
    © Wedgwood Museum

Body decorated with rouletted oak leaves, the handles terminating with satyr masks. Cream coloured earthenware 1765-67.

Wedgwood’s improved and superior cream-coloured earthenware was quickly used to manufacture a range of ornamental wares, especially vases, to adorn the homes of the fashionable and wealthy. Josiah’s ceramics became an integral part of the interior décor of every English house, with vases becoming popular as containers for the all-abiding passion for flowers as well as purely decorative objects.Josiah considered the production of vases were, ‘an inexhaustible field’. The shapes of his vases were seldom original, frequently having been adapted from published engravings. The manuscript record of vase designs, known as the ‘Shape Number 1 Book’, provided a detailed record of all the forms produced.Josiah wrote to Thomas Bentley, his friend and later partner, in November 1766 concerning this unusual form of lid, ‘Vases with high-crowned hats’. The form was in fact impractical and difficult to pick up, possibly accounting for the relative scarcity of the lids today.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/vase
  • Year produced: 1765
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: lead glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: rouletted
  • Accession number: 1470
  • Dimensions: 215 mm (height)

Glossary

  • 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.