dating early wedgwood jasperware

Dating early wedgwood jasperware

Wedgwood’s business continued to expand rapidly. In 1766, Wedgwood relocated his factory to the Ridge House estate located at New Castle-under-Lyme and Hanley. There, Wedgwood built his new factory and a village for his workers. His new establishment was called Etruria. Wedgwood named his factory after the master potters who occupied central Italy until it was taken by the Romans in the 4th and 5th centuries . The Etruscans were especially skilled at molding and crafting a black pottery called buchero onto which Hellenized figures could be affixed. Etruscan art and pottery is very much the ancient forerunner to Wedgwood’s Jasperware.

Wedgwood Marks & Dating Wedgwood Pottery and Porcelain

The bas-relief decoration was made separately in sprig moulds, and then applied to the surface of the piece. The following chart is updated regularly, and has been compiled from my own research. Certain dates can be commented on with some degree of authority, however if a certain color is requested, that color can be "resurrected" for production use. There are always exceptions in regard to colour and date concerning Wedgwood Jasper.

Wedgwood’s business continued to expand rapidly. In 1766, Wedgwood relocated his factory to the Ridge House estate located at New Castle-under-Lyme and Hanley. There, Wedgwood built his new factory and a village for his workers. His new establishment was called Etruria. Wedgwood named his factory after the master potters who occupied central Italy until it was taken by the Romans in the 4th and 5th centuries . The Etruscans were especially skilled at molding and crafting a black pottery called buchero onto which Hellenized figures could be affixed. Etruscan art and pottery is very much the ancient forerunner to Wedgwood’s Jasperware.

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It was widely copied and it exported all over Europe and the USA. The company’s success in the 18thC carried through into the 19thC, when the emphasis shifted from handcrafted pottery to the production of bone china and majolica.

aside from the standard marks there are a ton of “potters marks” , all of which are not even cataloged. rest assured though it is pre a certain date if it doesn’t have “england” on it and without the three letter code it is probably pre 1870. good luck!


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