Jasperware

March 30, 2014

Jasperware is the term used to describe the type of pottery developed by Josiah Wedgewood. Authorities described it as a type of porcelain and it is noted for its matte finish and is produced in various colors. This type of fine grained stoneware was a result of a series of experiments on the techniques of porcelain manufacturing and its name is taken from the fact that the product has the same hardness as the stone jasper.

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Jasperware was first made in 1775 and has been associated with the neoclassical sculptor and designer John Flaxman who supplied the designs to Wedgwood. In its natural state, it is white and then is stained with metallic oxide coloring agents. Jasperware is most common in pale blue coloring but it has been produced in other colors as well as such dark blue, sage green, lilac, yellow and black. The earliest produced jasperware was stained all throughout and was known as “solid” whereas the later and newer varieties were just colored on the surface and are therefore called “dips”.

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Items made of jasperware were varied including furniture mounts, vases, plaques, tableware, cameos, and portrait medallions. The popularity of jasperware was its height in 1795, which was the year of Josiah’s death. Like with every trend its popularity has come and gone with the times and jasperware produced in recent years is as collectible items  and not in the numbers it was previously.

A WEDGWOOD GREEN AND WHITE JASPER WARE TWO HANDLED BISCUIT BARREL MADE IN 1906.

Like with any stoneware the Wedgwood Jasperware can often be dated through the style of the markings or backstamps. Before 1860, the marking was the word “Wedgwood” accompanied by a single letter and other pottery marking. Between 1891 and 1908, the marks are “Wedgwood” and “England” then from 1908 to 1969, the marks changed to “Wedgwood” and “Made in England” and from 1970 to the present production, mark used is “Wedgwood Made in England”.

To date Jasperware is still being produced by Wedgwood UK and older pieces are being sold at antique houses and online auction sites.

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