Blue and White Column

Josiah Wedgwood, 1780 - 1836

Blue and White Column

Josiah Wedgwood 1780 - 1836


Cylindrical vase, flared at base and decorated with a pale blue jasper dip, on solid white hexagonal pedestal. Pedestal has small foot at each corner and six inset panels of geometric double key pattern along the sides. Main column of vase decorated with white relief of seven small boys, one blindfolded, playing Blind Man's Buff. Simple borders below of white fluting cut into the body, white relief laurel border round base. Arabesque floral border round neck, surmounted by thick, grooved rim with decoration of white straps. Separate white circular cover pierced with one large and eight smaller holes.

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Object Name

Blue and White Column

Creators Name

Josiah Wedgwood

Date Created



base: 12.5cm
column: 9.8cm

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