The simplicity of a light blue jaspser drum-shape teapot provides the perfect platform for...
The simplicity of a light blue jaspser drum-shape teapot provides the perfect platform for the opulent display of ceramic excess that is the "Trophies" pattern.
Ram's heads surrounded by fluttering ribbons establish a classical note, but not "classical" in the sense of restraint. From their curved horns are suspended heavy swags of luscious fruit. In the spaces defined by the swags we find detailed trophy groups in white relief alternating with oval medallions in contrasting lilac jasper. There is still space for an array of different ornamental devices and borders on the body, lid, handle and spout.
In describing the "Trophies" pattern, Wedgwood authority Robin Reilly justly makes reference to the confectioner's art. Delicious!
|Dimensions:||Height 4 in.; width 6 1/2 in.; base diameter 3 1/2 in.|
|Condition:||Fine. Small bit of stray white clay on footrim--visible only underneath.
Reilly in Wedgwood: The New Illustrated Dictionary (pg.431) explains that troph...
Reilly in Wedgwood: The New Illustrated Dictionary (pg.431) explains that trophy groups originated in the display of arms confiscated from an enemy defeated in battle. With time trophies took on a more pacific and ornamental character, and arms were replaced by any group of objects thematically or symbolically related--musical instruments, artist's tools, agricultural implements, etc.
Wedgwood's extravagant pattern certainly demonstrates the turn away from the battlefield toward the elegance of the lady's parlor.