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Corinthian Ruins: C.49-1997

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Titles

Corinthian Ruins

Maker(s)

Factory: Wedgwood, Josiah
Printer: Green, Guy

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Description

Cream-coloured earthenware (Queen's ware), moulded, lead-glazed, and printed onglaze in black. Circular with featheredge, sloping rim, shallow curved sides, and flat centre. Decorated in the middle with Bridge over the River Ilissus and the Temple of Pola in Istria, and on the rim, with six floral sprays.

Notes

History note: Beard Collection

Legal notes

Given by G.H.W. Rylands, Litt D., CBE, CH in memory of his mother, Betha Wolferstan Rylands

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.3 cm
Width: 24.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England
  • Liverpool

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997-07-14) by Rylands, G.H.W.

Dating

Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Circa 1770 - 1775

Note

Made in Josiah Wedgwood's factory at Burslem and printed in Liverpool by Guy Green (d. 1799)

This design was known as Corinthian Ruins, but was derived from plate 1 in Robert Sayer's, The Ruins of Athens, with on the left, Bridge over the River Ilissus, and on the right, the Temple of Pola in Istria. The description states that 'This temple may be reckoned in Point of Beauty, among the most valuable Remains of Antiquity: . . .'. The plate may have been made at Burslem, or at Etruria if after 1772.

School or Style

Rococo

Components of the work

Decoration

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze
Cream-coloured earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream-coloured earthenware (Queen's ware), moulded, lead-glazed, and printed onglaze in black.
Lead-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular pale brown label with serrated edge, inscribed in faded black ink

  • Text: x\13050\ Choice old\Wedgwood\from Beard\Collection mentioned\in "Chaffers"/Very scarce
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: incised circle

  • Location: Below centre on the base
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.49-1997
Primary reference Number: 11867
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 15 September 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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