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Waxes for cameo making - 1769

Waxes for cameo making, © Wedgwood Museum
    Waxes for cameo making
    © Wedgwood Museum

Wax classic heads on white glass. James Tassie c.1769

Wax classic heads on white glass. James Tassie c.1769

  • Type of object: Manufacturing paraphernalia and miscellany/wax
  • Mark: Paper Label
    [On reverse]
  • Year produced: 1769
  • Material: wax
  • Accession number: 2512
  • Dimensions: 25.4 mm (diameter), 10 mm (depth)

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  • James Tassie

    James Tassie (1735 - 1799)

    Born at Pollokshaws near Glasgow, Tassie started life as a stonemason and went to Dublin in 1761 in the hope of becoming a sculptor. There he met Dr. Henry Quin, Tassie produced a white material resembling porcelain, but made from finely powdered glass, and it would seem that he anticipated the pate de verre process of the latter end of the 19th century. The substance was formed in plaster of Paris moulds which had been taken formed the original wax models of sulphurs. Tassie came to London about 1769 and obtained financial help from the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts. he took premises not far from Wedgwood’s showrooms in Great Newport Street. He supplied Wedgwood with moulds of cameos and intaglios for reproduction, especially in basaltes, and he was commissioned to take plaster moulds of the Portland vase. He produced five hundred portraits, many of them modelled from life, some of which were supplied by Wedgwood. after his death Tassie’s business was carried on by his nephew, William (d. 1860). Wedgwood’s connexion with Tassie was mainly through Bentley, and dated from 1769.