Symmetry is an unusual and rare Wedgewood line. It didn't last very long -only a couple years in the late 1980s- but it harked by to the earliest days of Jasper production while at the same time embraced new technology. The decoration on Symmetry pieces, like this shouldered cylinder vase, was created by engine turning, which uses a machine-driven blade to cut into the leather-hard Jasper body and reveal the layer or layers underneath. It was first used by Josiah Wedgwood to decorate Jasper pieces in the late 18th century. On these modern piece, the turning engine was controlled by a computer, allowing great precision in this complex process.
This vase has a solid white body with a light blue dip layer on top. The diagonal lines cut through the blue, exposing the white underneath. Symmetry was one of the last dipware lines to be offered by Wedgwood.
This vase, in the Postmodern style is 5.25" tall and 3.75" in diameter at the bottom.
Condition: as new, no wear or damage.
Mark: impressed Wedgwood marks. No date marks, but these pieces were made between 1987 and about 1990.