Black basalt vase with encaustic painted decoration
- Object Number: 2032
- Simple Name: vase
- Production Place: Etruria
- Production Place: Staffordshire
- Production Place: England
- Production Organisation: Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (factory)
- Summary: Black basalt vase with encaustic painted decoration.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Terms:18th & 19th Century Staffordshire
- Credit: Alderman Thomas Hulme Bequest
- Additional Notes: The 18th century saw a growing interest in antiquities and the classical world, manifested in a growing demand for neoclassical design. Ever sensitive to trends in public taste, Josiah Wedgwood began to create his first ?painted Etruscans? in 1768. It was commonly believed that figure painted vases were of Etruscan origin, hence the naming of Wedgwood?s new model factory in 1769, ?Etruria?. It is now realised that the wares were actually Greek.
- Additional Notes: Whilst the imitation of classical vases and amphora proved popular with public tastes, Wedgwood had a fine line to tread. Alterations to designs included clothing classical figures originally depicted nude. Archaeological authenticity could not interfere with business and Wedgwood feared that nude subjects would not appeal to the delicate tastes of his audience.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery