spill vase

Josiah Wedgwood, 1780 - 1836

spill vase

Josiah Wedgwood 1780 - 1836


Column shaped vase, stoneware, solid white jasper with areas of blue dip, in form of ruined column on pedestal. Vase in the form of the lower part of a ruined column on a cubic pedestal, rough cast with semblance of weeds and other foliage in white to give appearance of antiquity. Side panels of pedestal coloured with blue dip, two panels inscribed with illegible wording, two with white reliefs of vague classical scenes. Single step on top of pedestal, on which sits remains of Ionic column, fluted and with base of two circular steps. Jagged broken rim with semblance of weeds growing over the edges.

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Grand Tour and Grand Style The Influence of Travel Improvements in European travel during the 1700s had a wide-ranging impact on British culture. A particularly significant influence was the Grand Tour, which became almost obligatory for young gentlemen. Grand Tourists were led across Europe by tutors to study art, history and politics for two or three years. The Grand Tour focused on Italy, particularly Rome, and often incorporated new archaeological sites such as those at Herculaneum and Pompei, near Naples. Ancient antiquities were heavily trafficked across Europe and continental works of art flooded into Britain. A period of especially active collecting took place between the end of the Seven Years War in 1763 and the rise of Napoleon in the 1790s. As more artists and designers also visited the continent their work became increasingly informed by travel. The serious themes of classical antiquity and European art led to a new departure in painting called the Grand Style. This championed classical, historical or literary subjects, and inspired radical changes in portraiture and landscape. Widespread interest in Greek and Roman remains also fostered fresh interpretations of ancient designs by pioneers of decorative art such as Josiah Wedgwood.

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spill vase

Creators Name

Josiah Wedgwood

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: 20cm x 10.5cm
Pedestal: 9cm

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