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Wedgwood and the British Museum

04 Oct

British Museum blog

Aileen Dawson, curator, British Museum

News about the Art Fund’s successful public appeal to save the collections of the Wedgwood Museum is very welcome here at the British Museum. The extensive and fascinating ceramic collection and comprehensive factory archives cared for at Barlaston are undoubtedly of national importance. The British Museum’s connection to Wedgwood stretches right back to the 18th century and, like other museums with collections of these distinctively British wares, we rely on the well-kept factory records to interpret our material.

Portrait medallion of Sir Joseph Banks, English naturalist. Jasper ware (stoneware) dipped blue. Modelled by John Flaxman (fl.1754-1826) , made in the factory of Wedgwood & Bentley (1887,0307,I.60) Portrait medallion of Sir Joseph Banks, English naturalist. Jasper ware (stoneware) dipped blue. Modelled by John Flaxman (fl.1754?1826) , made in the factory of Wedgwood & Bentley (1887,0307,I.60)

When I joined the British Museum, my first project concerned our extensive collection of Wedgwood jasper portrait medallions and plaques, including the large-format portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, one of my heroes, who in his youth accompanied Captain Cook…

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Posted by on October 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “Wedgwood and the British Museum

  1. vallance22

    October 20, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I LOVE Wedgewood, but I could never afford it, pauper as I am…

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  2. ritaroberts

    October 20, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I wouldn’t want a modern piece anyway so an antique piece would be out of the question now for my pocket. But I do love Wedgewood especially the ” Portland Vase “

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