Wedgwood (England) Blue Jasperware Diamond SHaped Tray

$ 15.00

A blue Jasperware diamond shaped tray featuring the mythological Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy.  Her name means "to celebrate with dance and song" and she is often represented with a tragic mask as seen on this tray.  Melpomene and her tragic mask are rendered in white bas relief and the tray is accented by an acorn leaf border in relief.  The dish measures 4 1/2" wide, 5 3/4" wide, and sits 3/4" tall.  The bottom is marked "Wedgwood Made in England" and the condition is very good, with no chips, cracks, or repairs.

Wedgwood Jasperware

Jasper, which name means "spotted or speckled stone," is an opaque variety of chalcedony--a microcrystalline variety of the mineral quartz, and is created from various sedimentation and volcanic ash.  In the 1770s, inspired by this opaque quartz, Josiah Wedgwood created Jasperware as a type of nonporous matte and unglazed stoneware in which white pottery is stained with metallic oxide colors, notably blue, dark blue, sage green, lilac, and even black and yellow.  Sprigged decorations of applied white relief in neoclassical designs and classic Greek figures and mythology, commemorative cameos, and borders of oak leaf and acorn, leaf and berry, grapes and grapevines, and Acanthus are associated with Jasperware. 


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