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Lamp with Vestal Filling a Lamp: MAR.C.3-1912

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Lamp with Vestal Filling a Lamp


Factory: Wedgwood
Designer: Saint-Non, Jean Claude Richard de (After)
Modeller: Tebo




Black basalt, moulded. The lamp stands on a triangular plinth with squared-off corners. The parts are held together by a rod and a brass disk and circular nut.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.8 cm
Length: 28.2 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Circa 1800 - 1850


The lamp was no. 217 (on square base with cut corners) in the Wedgwood shape Book rebound in 1916 (watermarked for 1794).

The shapes of this lamp and the lamp decorated with a vestal filling a lamp were based on designs by Jean Claude Richard de Saint-Non (1729-91). They were modelled by Tebo. Josiah Wedgwood wrote to Bentley in London on 5th November, 1774, `Mr Tebo, our new modeller, did not return here of some days after me, I am glad he did not for he would have made a shocking ugly thing of the lamp, if he had been left to himself.' (MS E.25-18561) On the 16th he wrote again, 'Mr Tebo is modelling the two lamps from St. Non but goes on very slowly'(MS E.25-18564).

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Materials used in production

Black basalt

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Black basalt, moulded. The parts are held together by a rod and a brass disk and circular nut

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in large type face

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On the plinth
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.3-1912
Primary reference Number: 11162
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 October 2014 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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