Wedgwood Jasper Ware Slave Medallion
Around 1780, he made and distributed -at his own expense- Jasperware cameos to promote the abolitionist cause. These were given freely and sent to anyone who requested them, including Benjamin Franklin here in Philadelphia, who was sent a packet of a dozen to distribute among the active abolitionist community in this city.
Color-wise, the medallions were unusual for Wedgwood's production of the era: a white ground with black relief of a crouching black slave in chains. In relief on the ground was the question: AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER.?
This example was produced not in the 1780's, but rather in the 1960's.
It was made for the Buten Museum of Wedgwood, which was here in Philadelphia. During the 60's and 70's, the Buten museum had a number of unusual items either produced or reproduced for them. Every example of the Buten Slave Medallions we've seen has carried the same date -1962- suggesting that Harry Buten only had them made once, in a very limited quantity.
The medallion is 1.25" long and 1.125" wide.
Condition: no wear or damage.
Mark: WEDGWOOD / MADE IN / ENGLAND / 62 TC / B.M.W.
Item ID: 3803
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