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Wedgwood Blue and White Candlesticks with Neoclassical Design

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A pair of early 19th century Wedgwood blue and white candlesticks with neoclassical fluted columns. They are in the shape of Doric columns modified slightly to work as candlesticks. The form looks back to ancient Greece. The Parthenon in Athens is a Doric temple. On the candlesticks the classic form is highlighted by a trellis of cobalt blue vine climbing up around each column. Six simple blue flower heads decorate the top of each column. A beautiful set of candlesticks is a lovely addition to any table setting.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1820
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    PaintedCreamware
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Very slight abrasion on the inside the candlestick
  • Dimensions
    H 10 in. x W 4 in. x D 4 in.H 25.4 cm x W 10.16 cm x D 10.16 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU866511166321
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About Wedgwood (Manufacturer)

Arguably the most celebrated of all English ceramics makers, Wedgwood was founded in 1759 by Staffordshire potter Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795). The company is famed for its Jasperware — molded Neoclassical stoneware vases, plates and other pieces, inspired by ancient cameo glass, featuring white figures, scenes and decorative elements set in relief on a matte colored background. The best-known background hue is light blue, but Wedgwood’s iconic silhouettes also appear on green, lilac, yellow, black and even white grounds. Some pieces use three or more colors.


     The Wedgwood firm first came to prominence for its tableware, which quickly gained favor in aristocratic households throughout Britain and Europe. In 1765, Wedgwood was commissioned to create a cream-colored earthenware service for Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III. The queen was so thrilled with her new china that Wedgwood was given permission to call himself “Potter to Her Majesty,” and the decorative style became known as Queen’s Ware. Not to be outdone, Catherine the Great of Russia commissioned her own set of Wedgwood china in 1773. Nearly 200 years later, the firm created a 1,200-piece service for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In recent years, leading designers including Jasper Conran and Vera Wang have collaborated with Wedgwood — in the tradition of such distinguished 18th century artists such as the painter George Stubbs and metalsmith Matthew Boulton.


     From plates and other dinnerware to decorative items like urns, cachepots and candlesticks, Wedgwood designs lend a traditional air to Anglophile interiors. And even if you have to make your own tea, you may find it comforting to sip it from a delicate cup that was manufactured in the same Stoke-on-Trent kiln that produced Her Majesty’s tea service. Be sure to keep your pinky raised.

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