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Vase of Hydria Form: MAR.C.6-1912

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Vase of Hydria Form


Factory: Wedgwood, Josiah




Black basalt painted in red and white encaustic colours. Ovoid with incurved neck, wide mouth and two handles. Shape 111. Decorated on one side with a warrior carrying two spears, followed by a winged female figure. There are two red horizontal bands on the edge of the rim, anthemion motifs on the neck, a red line and white beading round the shoulder, a formal horizontal border below the figures, and a red band round the foot. The handles are decorated with red ovals separated by white dots.


History note: Unknown before Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831-1912)

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 28.1 cm
Width: 24.8 cm

Relative size of this object

24.8 cm28.1 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1790


The decoration imitates a Greek red figure vase. Wedgwood's 'encaustic' painting was a combination of enamels and kaolin clay slip, and was one of only two techniques which he patented (no. 939), in 1769. True encaustic decoration involved the use of stained and heated waxes worked into a porous ground.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of encaustic paint ( red and white. . Wedgwood's 'encaustic' painting was a combination of enamels and kaolin clay slip, and was one of only two techniques which he patented (no. 939), in 1769.)

Materials used in production

Black basalt

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Black basalt, thrown, and painted in red and white encaustic colours

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: with curve above and short line below

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 943
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: painted in red

  • Text: S
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.6-1912
Primary reference Number: 11165
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 October 2019 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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