Domestic Employment and Maternal Affection

Josiah Wedgwood, 1780 - 1836

Domestic Employment and Maternal Affection

Josiah Wedgwood 1780 - 1836


Public: Pair of lidded ovoid vases, stoneware, solid white jasper with lilac dip and white relief decoration of women and children. Private: Oviform vase with narrow neck, flared rim and spreading foot, all decorated with a lilac dip, on solid white square pedestal with concave sides and chamfered corners. Plinth side panels decorated with looped stems of lilies, corners with acanthus. Foot decorated with white acanthus border round outer edge and hand-rolled beaded border at junction with body. Main body decorated in white relief with classical scenes of 'Domestic Employment' and 'Maternal Affection' consisting of women and children approaching an altar, and a young woman spinning. Lower body below decorated with border of radiating palm leaves and wavy stems, shoulder above with honeysuckle flowers alternating with large acanthus leaves. Two bearded satyrs' heads in high relief on shoulder, horns linked together to form loop handles. Plain neck with flared rim decorated with acanthus border. Lilac dipped lid with banded spherical finial and radiating palm leaves.

Object Name

Domestic Employment and Maternal Affection

Creators Name

Josiah Wedgwood

Date Created

c 1785


without lid: 20.2cm
with lid: 21.9cm

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