Black Wedgwood Jasperware Plaque Medallion

PRESENTING a LOVELY miniature Black Wedgwood Jasperware Plaque Medallion.

Classic Wedgwood Jasperware with white cameo on black ceramic, featuring 4 Putti or Cherubs and a Goat in neoclassical style.

Marked “Wedgwood Made in England”.

The medallion sits inside and is mounted to a circular gilt frame.

The black jasperware is considered the most desirable and collectible of all the jasperware styles.

Early 20th Century.

Wedgwood, first incorporated in 1895 as Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd,[1] is a fine china, porcelain, and luxury accessories manufacturer that was founded on 1 May 1759[2] by the English potter and entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood. It was rapidly successful and was soon one of the largest manufacturers of Staffordshire pottery, “a firm that has done more to spread the knowledge and enhance the reputation of British ceramic art than any other manufacturer”,[3] exporting across Europe as far as Russia, and to the Americas. It was especially successful at producing fine earthenware and stonewares that were accepted as equivalent in quality to porcelain (which Wedgwood only made later) but were considerably cheaper.[4]

Wedgwood is especially associated with the “dry-bodied” (unglazed) stoneware Jasperware in contrasting colours, and in particular that in “Wedgwood blue” and white, always much the most popular colours, though there are several others. Jasperware has been made continuously by the firm since 1775, and also much imitated. In the 18th century, however, it was table china in the refined earthenware creamware that represented most of the sales and profits.[5]

In the later 19th century it returned to being a leader in design and technical innovation, as well as continuing to make many of the older styles. Despite increasing local competition in its export markets, the business continued to flourish in the 19th and early 20th centuries, remaining in the hands of the Wedgwood family, but after World War II it began to contract, along with the rest of the English pottery industry.

After buying a number of other Staffordshire ceramics companies, in 1987 Wedgwood merged with Waterford Crystal to create Waterford Wedgwood plc, an Ireland-based luxury brands group. After a 2009 purchase by KPS Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, the group became known as WWRD Holdings Limited, an acronym for “Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton”. This was acquired in July 2015 by Fiskars, a Finnish consumer goods company.

Wedgwood’s best known product is Jasperware, created to look like ancient Roman cameo glass, itself imitating cameo gems. The most popular jasperware colour has always been “Wedgwood blue” (a darker shade is sometimes called “Portland Blue”), an innovation that required experiments with more than 3,000 samples. In recognition of the importance of his pyrometric beads (pyrometer), Josiah Wedgwood was elected a member of the Royal Society in 1783. In recent years, the Wedgwood Prestige collection continued to sell replicas of the original designs, as well as modern neo-classical style jasperware.

The main Wedgwood motifs in jasperware, and the other dry-bodied stonewares, were decorative designs that were highly influenced by the ancient cultures being studied and rediscovered at that time, especially as Great Britain was expanding its empire. Many motifs were taken from ancient mythologies: Roman, Greek and Egyptian. Meanwhile, archaeological fever caught the imagination of many artists. Nothing could have been more suitable to satisfy this huge business demand than to produce replicas of ancient artefacts. From 1787 to 1794 Wedgwood even ran a studio in Rome, where young Neoclassical artists were in abundance, producing wax models for reliefs, often to designs sent from England. The most famous design is Wedgwood’s copy of the Portland Vase, a famous Roman vase now in the British Museum, which was lent to Wedgwood to copy.


Black Wedgwood Jasperware Plaque Medallion.

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.

Condition: Very good original condition (apologies for the fingerprint reflections on a coupe of the photos).

Dimensions: Diameter of 5.5 ” and 0.5″ Deep


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