Whatever the form, examples of Wedgwood's "Trophies" pattern always exhibit a dense...
Whatever the form, examples of Wedgwood's "Trophies" pattern always exhibit a dense encrustation of intricate relief work that, while opulent, remains elegantly playful.
Around the "Bute" shape cup and the border of the saucer, a garland--densely laden with fruit--hangs in swags from be-ribboned ram's head terminals. The swags cradle tiny trophy groups alternating with delicate oval medallions. Flying ribbons frame these motifs from above. Decorative borders--waves and stylized flowers--define the top and bottom of the cup frieze and the lower edge of the saucer border.
The delicate combination of light blue and white enhances the elegant rococo impression.
|Date:||1860's through 1890|
|Dimensions:||Saucer diameter 5 1/4 in.; cup height 2 1/4 in.; width 4 in.|
Robin Reilly in Wedgwood: The New Illustrated Dictionary (pg.431) explains that...
Robin Reilly in Wedgwood: The New Illustrated Dictionary (pg.431) explains that trophy motifs 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.