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Wedgwood Egyptian Revival Black Basalt & Rosso Antico Incense Burner circa 1820

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We are pleased to offer this incense burner in the Egyptian Revival style made by Wedgwood from Black Basalt and Rosso Antico. My favorite part of this piece is the wonderful cover which has a pierced web of Rosso Antico (see image # 3). This Wedgwood burner is unusual in that it combines the Black Basalt and the Rosso Antico in a beautiful combination. The Black Basalt body is supported by three Rosso Antico red dolphins. The upper and bottom borders each have a band of red neo-Egyptian decoration. Egyptian revival was popular in English decorative arts when this burner was made in the early nineteenth century. Egyptian motifs were applied to a wide variety of decorative objects. History Enthusiasm for the artistic style of Ancient Egypt is generally attributed to the French excitement over Napoleon's conquest of Egypt and, in Britain, to Admiral Nelson's defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of the Nile in 1798. The neo-Egyptian revival inspired everything from sofas with sphinx shaped legs, to tea sets painted with the pyramids. Black Basalt was introduced by Josiah Wedgwood in 1768. By adding manganese he transformed Egyptian black, a traditional gray/black Staffordshire stoneware into black basalt. Around the same time Wedgwood also created a red stoneware which he named Rosso Antico. Dimensions: 4.5 inches tall x 4.5 inches diameter Condition: Excellent Price: $2500  

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    The delicate cover is glued to the body to protect it from breakage.
  • Dimensions
    H 4.5 in. x W 4.5 in. x D 4.5 in.H 11.43 cm x W 11.43 cm x D 11.43 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    f86651508042822173fs
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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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