Wedgwood referred to this squatty basalt creamer as their "St. Louis" shape. A class...
Wedgwood referred to this squatty basalt creamer as their "St. Louis" shape. A classical sprig group on each side provides the primary decoration: "Sacrifice to Aesculapius," god of medicine and "Ulysses Staying the Chariot of Victory," hastening the defeat and capture of Troy. Additional detail includes a wreath of laurel around the nose and additional leaf detail where the handle joins the body.
An interior glaze seals the semi-porous basalt, indicating the useful intent of the piece.
|Date:||Mid- Nineteenth Century to 1891|
|Dimensions:||Height 2 3/8 in.; width 4 1/4 in.; diameter at hip 3 1/4 in.|
Robin Reilly in Volume II of his work on Wedgwood reproduces pages from a catalog of black...
Robin Reilly in Volume II of his work on Wedgwood reproduces pages from a catalog of black basalt, circa 1914 which include a teapot, cream and sugar in this shape identified as "St. Louis." Reilly notes, however, that all shapes shown were in production before 1900 (pp.450,451).