After the death of Josiah Wedgwood in 1795, the firm continued on, but innovation in bodies and wares all but ceased. One exception to this in the early 19th century was the introduction of Bone China in 1812. This new ware was developed under the oversight of Josiah Wedgwood II and designed to compete with Chinese imports and domestic product from factories such as Spode.
It was unfortunately, a commercial failure, in large part because of Josiah II's lack of understanding of fashion and how it drove the market. The wares produced by Wedgwood were high quality and expensive, but under-decorated to Regency tastes. Production was discontinued in 1831. During its 19-year run, production was never very large, and "first period" pieces of Wedgwood bone china re very hard to come by.
This example is a soup plate decorated in the "Chinese Tigers" pattern, which would become exceedingly popular when bone china was reintroduced in the late 19th century. "Chinese Tigers" is a misnomer; the decoration is actually of foo dogs, but the mistake was made so long ago in Wedgwood's sales books that it is now the official name.
The decoration, in orange, appears to be over printed guide lines. The rim is gilt.
The bowl is 8" in diameter and 1.25" high.
Condition: heavy wear to the gilt rim. Some light wear from use along the interior bottom edge. One small firing crack in the rim which would have originally been concealed under the gilding.
Marked on the back WEDGWOOD in red, apparently underglaze, as the glaze has lifted and flaked off over the mark. Hand-numbered 589. Collection label: JD and Louise Trabue. Skinner auction label.
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