This shallow circular box form gave Wedgwood the opportunity to marry the elegance of their...
This shallow circular box form gave Wedgwood the opportunity to marry the elegance of their medallions with a useful function on the dining, tea, or dressing table. In this rosso antico example, the slightly domed lid bears the generously scaled and detailed relief of a priestess at a smoking sacrificial altar. The circular form is set off by Wedgwood's rose garland border, nestled between two narrow raised bands. Simple ornamental devices of a classical sort are repeated around the sides.
|Date:||First Quarter, Nineteenth Century|
|Dimensions:||Diameter 3 3/4 in.; height 1 3/8 in.|
|Condition:||Fine; one stray black mark on side
Wedgwood's combination of their rosso antico body with a specially formulated brown/black sprig...
Wedgwood's combination of their rosso antico body with a specially formulated brown/black sprig represents a conscious effort to evoke ancient Mediterranean antiquities which were current in the minds of the educated British public. The combination is similar to tones found in the collection of vases arriving in Britain through the efforts of Sir William Hamilton and to the tones found in the colored engravings documenting those artifacts.
How better to pique that interest than with a round box based on an imaginary ancient cosmetic box.