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Pastille burner: MAR.C.14 & A-1912

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Wedgwood & Byerley (Factory)


Rosso antico with black reliefs. The hemispherical bowl, cover (A), and triangular plinth are rosso antico; the three dolphin feet, the festoons looped over buttons on the body, and other applied relief ornament are in black. The lid is pierced with a radiating lattice pattern, and has a flat button finial with an applied black rosette.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.5 cm
Width: 11.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
George III
Circa 1800 - 1810


Rosso antico was a development of earlier red stoneware. It was developed between 1770 and 1776 by which time Wedgwood was referring to it as 'Rosso Antico'. The black reliefs were not of black basalt, but red-black made specially to go with rosso antico. See Documentation

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Components of the work

Plinth Reliefs

Materials used in production

Rosso antico

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: impressed in extremely faint oblong outline

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.14 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 12080
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 15 September 2016 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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