Jasper-ware is a fine-grained unglazed stone-ware that was first introduced by Josiah Wedgwood in 1775. Decorations, in the Neoclassical style and usually white, were made in separate moulds and applied to the body of the piece. Objects made of jasper were varied and included vases, plaques, tableware, cameos, furniture mounts, and portrait medallions. Jasper-ware is still produced Wedgwood.
This beautiful dark blue jasper-ware biscuit jar, circa 1880's, is decorated with a neoclassical motif. Around the top is a garland of grapes and leaf covered vines; around the base is a border of acanthus leaves. Encircling the jar are two oval cartouches framed with acanthus leaves and showing Roman figures on horseback and two smaller displays of floral wreaths, trumpet, torch and lyre. The classic handle, rim and lid are electroplated nickel silver; the rim is stamped "ESPN OW" and the lid is stamped "NS 3". The base is impressed "Wedgwood", a mark used from 1781 - 1929; England was added in 1891 and Made In England in 1910. The potters mark is also impressed on the base. The dark blue jasper-ware was no longer produced after 1941. The jar measures 5 3/4" in height to top of the rim. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Lovely piece of antique jasper-ware.
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