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Early Wedgwood Neoclassical Creamware Dessert Dishes Made circa 1780

$2,300per set


A set of four early Wedgwood creamware Neoclassical dessert dishes made circa 1780. Sir William Hamilton’s Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman antiquities, published in 1766 by Pierre d’Hancarville, was a landmark publication in English design. It intended to disseminate the Antique style through its engravings of Attic pottery. The catalog’s faithful reproductions of Classical vases led British designers, including Josiah Wedgwood, to adapt or even copy the ancient art for modern life. These dessert dishes, fine and early examples of Wedgwood creamware, reflect the major influence of Hamilton’s catalog on English Neoclassicism. Each central scene was taken directly from the catalog. Dimensions: 8 1/2 in. Dm x 1/2 in. H (21.4 cm Dm x 1.2 cm H) Condition: Very good. Some flaking of border decoration throughout. One dish with rim chip measuring 0.9 cm. In-painting of some decorative elements encircling central design. References: Gardiner Museum, G08.2.18 Wedgwood Museum, 10136 Winterthur Museum, 2005.0039.


  • Creator
    Wedgwood (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 0.5 in. (1.27 cm)Diameter: 8.5 in. (21.59 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Neoclassical (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1780
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Some flaking of border decoration throughout. One dish with rim chip measuring 0.9 cm. In-painting of some decorative elements encircling central design.
  • Seller Location
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 2020.19.21stDibs: LU5643222712282

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About the Maker


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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