Pair of Wedgwood Green Jasperware Covered Boxes - Attractive boxes decorated by classical Roman and Grecian scenes.
The first covered box is square and measures 5cm x 10cm x 10cm (2in x 4in x 4in). In o earl nice condition but it does have one small nick on the edge of the lid. See image.
The second box is kidney shaped and measures 4cm x 7cm x 7cm (1.6in x 2.8in x 2.8in)
Will benefit from a light but very manageable cleaning.
Jasperware, or jasper ware, is a type of pottery first developed by Josiah Wedgwood in the 1770s. Usually described as stoneware, it has an unglazed matte "biscuit" finish and is produced in a number of different colors, of which the most common and best known is a pale blue that has become known as Wedgwood Blue. Relief decorations in contrasting colors (typically in white but also in other colors) are characteristic of jasperware, giving a cameo effect. The reliefs are produced in molds and applied to the ware as sprigs.
After several years of experiments, Wedgwood began to sell jasperware in the late 1770s, at first as small objects, but from the 1780s adding large vases. It was extremely popular, and after a few years many other potters devised their own versions. Wedgwood continued to make it into the 21st century. The decoration was initially in the fashionable Neoclassical style, which was often used in the following centuries, but it could be made to suit other styles.
Wedgwood turned to leading artists outside the usual world of Staffordshire pottery for designs. High-quality portraits, mostly in profile, of leading personalities of the day were a popular type of object, matching the fashion for paper-cut silhouettes. The wares have been made into a great variety of decorative objects, but not typically as tableware or tea ware. Three-dimensional figures are normally found only as part of a larger piece, and are typically in white. Tea wares are usually glazed on the inside.
In the original formulation the mixture of clay and other ingredients is tinted throughout by adding dye (often described as "stained"); later the formed but unfired body was merely covered with a dyed slip, so that only the body near the surface had the color. These types are known as "solid" and "dipped" (or "Jasper dip") respectively. The undyed body was white when fired, sometimes with a yellowish tinge; cobalt was added to elements that were to stay white.
Pair of Wedgwood Green Jasperware Covered Boxes