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Antique Creamware Dogs Made by Nove di Bassano Made in Italy circa 1820
A pair of wonderful Antique Creamware Dogs Made by Nove di Bassano. These creamware poodles were made in Italy in the first quarter of the 19th century. Each is modelled seated, on a stepped base. The technique for making the poodle's hair used curled and glazed creamware shavings which were applied around the head, chest and ankles. Slight differences in stance and facial expression give each dog his own personality. Both poodles have eyes which are soulful and whimsical. Each one is chewing on a bone. Porcelain and later creamware production first began in Nove and Bassano in the early 18th century. Several factors were important in bringing about potteries in this region of Italy. Among these, the most important were the presence of a useable clay, and kaolin for the production of porcelain. The proximity of the Brenta river to transport the finished products to markets, and bring wood to the factory to fuel the ovens. The Brenta river also provided hydraulic force to operate the machinery of the factory. Lastly, in 1728 The Venetian Senate, in order to create a local porcelain and pottery industry, gave tax rebates to anyone who could produce porcelain or improve Italian majolica. The Bassano and Nove craftsmen successfully created porcelain and later creamware. Creamware is a cream-colored, refined earthenware with a glaze over a pale body. It was created in the mid 1700's by the potters of Staffordshire, England. Foremost among the pioneers of creamware were Thomas Whieldon and his apprentice Josiah Wedgwood. The young Josiah Wedgwood was in partnership with Thomas Whieldon from 1754 to 1759 and after Wedgwood left to set up independently at Ivy House, where he immediately directed his efforts to the development of creamware. Wedgwood improved creamware by introducing china-clay into both the body and glaze and so was able to produce creamware of a much paler colour, lighter and stronger and more delicately worked, perfecting the ware by about 1770. His superior creamware, known as ‘Queen's ware’, was supplied to Queen Charlotte and Catherine the Great and became hugely popular. There were few changes to creamware after about 1770 and the Wedgwood formula was gradually adopted by most other manufacturers.
- CreatorNove di Bassano (Manufacturer)
- Of the Period
- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacturecirca 1820
- Materials and TechniquesGlazedCreamware
- DimensionsH 7.25 in. x W 3.25 in. x D 5.7 in.H 18.42 cm x W 8.26 cm x D 14.48 cm
- Seller LocationNew York, NY
- Sold AsSet of 2
- Reference NumberLU86659429843
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