Large Wedgwood Black Basalt Bowl
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Large Wedgwood Black Basalt Bowl


A large wedgwood black basalt engine turned bowl decorated around the outside with a simple band of chevrons at the top, and a band of wide vertical cuts below that. The vertical cuts are wide and deep enough that you can see the texture of the material. Interior designers have often recommended that you have something black and something red in a room. This bowl filled with pine cones, green apples, or lemons will enhance a room. Black Basalt was created by Josiah Wedgwood in the 18th century. Wedgwood transformed Egyptian black, a traditional Staffordshire stoneware, into Wedgwood Black Basalt. Before Wedgwood’s innovation the English potters used material found in the ground around local coal deposits to make Egyptian black. Wedgwood used this native material but added manganese to obtain a much richer black for his Black Basalt. The bottom of the bowl has an impressed "Wedgwood" mark. This bowl is part of our large collection of Wedgwood Black Basalt. We also have a pair of 19th century Wedgwood Black Basalt urns (see 1stdibs Ref: LU86657901793), and two pairs of Black Basalt covered urns ( see Ref: LU866511381521 and Ref: LU86658519433). In addition we have in our collection a Wedgwood Black Basalt Jar in a Native American Style (see 1stdibs Ref: LU866512507052).


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  • Dimensions
    H 4.25 in. x Dm 10.25 in.H 10.8 cm x Dm 26.04 cm
  • Diameter
    10.25 in. (26.04 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
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About Wedgwood (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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