An early 19th century Wedgwood blue jasperware necklace and brooch (2)
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An early 19th century Wedgwood blue jasperware necklace and brooch (2)
Sold for £1,187 (US$ 1,995) inc. premium
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An early 19th century Wedgwood blue jasperware necklace and brooch
The necklace, circa 1800, composed of nineteen late 18th century rectangular plaques, each depicting a zodiac symbol, interspersed with rose and yellow gold beads, the brooch set with an oval plaque, circa 1820, depicting a classical scene above a scrolling foliate motif, within a gold ropetwist frame, oval plaque signed Wedgwood on reverse, extra links provided for the necklace, necklace diameter 13.5cm, brooch length 7.0cm (2)

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  • In addition to better known tableware and ornaments, the pottery firm Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd, founded in 1768, produced high quality ceramic plaques for use in jewellery and other articles of personal adornment. Through experimentation with barium sulphate (caulk), Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) developed and in 1773 perfected 'jasper', a metallic oxide, made in various colours but often pale blue, that formed the ground of his highly recognisable Neo-classical reliefs. Similar in appearance to carved cameos, Wedgwood recognised the commercial potential of the decorative ceramic plaques which were created by separately moulding reliefs, often in white, and applying them to coloured jasperware bases. Some of these reliefs were designed for Wedgwood by the British sculptor and draughtsman John Flaxman R.A. (1755-1826). The Wedgwood plaques in this lot are rare early examples. For another early example, see Scarisbrick, D., 'Jewellery in Britain 1066-1837: A Documentary, Social, Literary and Artistic Survey', Michael Russell (Publishing) Ltd, 1994, p.243, plate 93.
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