The Wine and Water Ewers

The so-called wine and water ewers are occasionally described as Sacred to Bacchus and Sacred to Neptune. Models of the ewers were originally supplied to the Wedgwood factory by John Flaxman Sr, plaster cast and model maker, in 1775, but the original designs were probably copied or cast from models by Clodion.

 Claude Michel Clodion (1738-1814) was a contemporary of Josiah Wedgwood and his metal work forms were often emulated by ceramic manufacturers.  The wine and water ewers have appeared in various ceramic bodies made by the Wedgwood factory including black basalt, jasper, Queen's Ware, gilded bone china and even in majolica - an extravagantly cast or moulded earthenware body, decorated with vivid coloured enamels.


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Pen and ink drawing of the water ewer, described as Sacred to Neptune, by John Flaxman Sr. Invoiced

Pen and ink drawing of the water ewer, described as Sacred to Neptune, by John Flaxman Sr. Invoiced