Jasperware, non-glazed porcelain featuring classical figures in bas-relief, is virtually synonymous with the Wedgwood name. Founder Josiah Wedgwood conducted thousands of experiments, seeking to develop a material that would enable him to take advantage of a rapidly growing market for reproductions in bas-relief of Greco-Roman art. The Neo-classical movement was becoming popular in many forms, including the applied art of tableware.
On January 1, 1775, Wedgwood announced that he had achieved his goal – he had created a white, raw porcelain body that would accept the wide range of colors he hoped to use. Wedgwood introduced the Jasperware material into production within a few months after his New Year’s Day announcement, while he continued to experiment to address the problem of warping when bas-relief medallions or figures were applied to the new porcelain bodies.
Many consider the epitome of Wedgwood's career to be his Jasperware reproduction of the celebrated “Barberini,” or “Portland Vase.” In Wedgwood’s era the vase, housed in the British Museum, was perhaps the most admired artifact in England from the ancient world. For more than three years Wedgwood and his chief modelers attempted to perfect a copy in Jasperware. Their efforts were rewarded in September 1789. The noted painter, Sir Joshua Reynolds, who was president of the Royal Academy, inspected Wedgwood’s work and declared it to be “a correct and faithfull imitation, both in regard to the general effect, and the most minute details of the parts.”
Cream Color on Saxon Blue
vase and stand offered here is a magnificent representation of Wedgwood’s momentous achievement in reproducing the Portland Vase. Make the proud Wedgwood heritage a part of your household. Click on the link below to order at our secure, easy-to-use web site, or, if you prefer, call us toll-free at 1-800-REPLACE (1-800-737-5223) 9:00 am – 10:00 pm ET, 7 days.