Wedgwood Rosso Antico  vase c 1805

Wedgwood Rosso Antico vase c 1805

REGENCY! Day 11 of 21,
Wedgwood rosso antico red unglazed dry body stoneware ‘Egyptian’ vase, with black basaltes decoration of Aswan lions, Nile crocodiles, winged Horus & Anubis.
Another in the Wedgwood Museum, UK.
impressed mark
Size 290mm x 140mm


This Rosso Antico vase was made by Wedgwood and Sons at the Etruria Works, Staffordshire, in England, in about 1805. While porcelain continued to play an important role in fashionable interior decoration and daily life in Europe in the 1700s, it was Josiah Wedgwood’s pottery that had the greatest impact. A leading Staffordshire potter in Burslem (now Stoke-on-Trent) since 1759, Wedgwood set up his highly efficient Etruria factory in 1769.
Red stoneware was a vernacular specialty of English pottery since the 17th century. Under Wedgwood, it was turned into a high art, reviving the academic rigour & art of ancient Greece. This vase embodies the Battle of the Nile in 1798, and the publications of Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon. Denon was a French artist, writer, diplomat, author, and archaeologist, appointed as the first Director of the Louvre museum by Napoleon after the Egyptian campaign of 1798–1801. His grave is in Paris’s Pere Lachaise cemetary, opposite that of Chopin’s. A life size gilded figure stands on one toe in a frock coat, smiling, holding a rose, the spirit of the French scientific enlightenment.


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