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White terracotta vase with matt red slip - 1770-75

White terracotta vase with matt red slip, © Wedgwood Museum
    White terracotta vase with matt red slip
    © Wedgwood Museum

Vase; engine-turned and rouletted. White terracotta stoneware with matt red slip, pearl glaze inside 1770-75

Vase; engine-turned and rouletted. White terracotta stoneware with matt red slip, pearl glaze inside 1770-75

  • Type of object: Useful ware/spill jar or vase
  • Mark: Wedgwood & Bentley
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: 1770-75
  • Body: white terra cotta
  • Glaze: pearl
  • Decoration: engine-turned, rouletted, slip decorated and slipware
  • Accession number: 142

Glossary

  • Vases

    Vases

    Wedgwood announced his intention of becoming, ‘Vase Maker General to the Universe' in a letter to Bentley on 1st May 1769. His vases were enormously successful when they were first shown in the London Showrooms. It was reported in May 1769 that, ‘There was no getting to the door for Coaches, nor into the rooms for Ladies and Gent.n. & ... Vases was all the cry'.

  • Engine-turning lathe

    Engine-turning lathe

    This specialist piece of equipment has an eccentric motion that enables a range of decorative, repetitive patterns to be cut into ornamental wares before firing, using a special cutting tool. Wedgwood is credited with the introduction of this piece of equipment in the ceramic industry in 1763. The technique of engine turning is a highly-skilled operation for both the turner and his assistant. Decorative patterns that can be achieved on the engine-turning lathe include fluting and dicing.