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Antique Wedgwood Pitcher Rosso Antico


An antique Wedgwood Rosso Antico stoneware pitcher made in England in the mid-19th century. Josiah Wedgwood developed Rosso Antico, literally "old red," a red-colored stoneware that was similar to pieces excavated from ancient Pompeii and Herculanuem. The color replicates the excavated ceramics from Roman ruins which were capturing the imagination of British connoisseurs. Inspired by Mediterranean cultures, the form has an elegant simplicity that seems almost modern. The outside matte surface is a glowing burnt orange, strongly contrasting with the deep mahogany glaze of the interior. Dimensions: 6.75 inches in height x 5.5 inches wide x 5.75 inches deep Condition: Excellent Price: $865 Background Josiah Wedgwood termed his version of red stone ware Rosso Antico, literally “old red.” Wedgwood refined the common red ware, and started production as early as 1765 in small quantities. At the request of his partner Thomas Bentley, production resumed in 1776. Rosso Antico production continued until, circa 1900.


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    H 6.75 in. x W 5.5 in. x D 5.75 in.H 17.15 cm x W 13.97 cm x D 14.61 cm
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    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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