We are pleased to present this original fired clay mould/mold. The mould was purchased as one of a set of three, each sold separately.
This fired clay sprig-mould was made for James Dudson (b 1812 – d1882) who was the owner of an important pottery firm based in Hanley, Staffordshire, England. James's grandfather, Richard Dudson (b 1768 - d 1833) started the business with a factory located in Broad Street during the early 19th century.
Sprig- moulds such as this were used for forming the decorative sprigged detailing which adorned Dudson’s jasper like wares. Clay was gently pressed into the sprig-mould, the back quickly scraped flat and a little water applied to moisten. The design was then gently teased out. This clay sprig was then brushed with water/clay slip and applied to the item using the point of a knife blade. This same sprigging technique was also used by Wedgwood, Spode, Enoch Wood etc. For an example of another factories similar sprig moulds please see the V & A Museum
Moulds, artist’s designs or other pieces of equipment used in the pottery or porcelain manufacturing process are highly sought after by collectors. This is because the ceramics industry was a huge employer during the Victorian era. Many people are very passionate about preserving Staffordshire’s history as many of the ceramic manufactures went out of business many years ago or have since been bought out by larger manufactures. Mould such as these rarely come to market, it is remarkable that this trio have survived some 160 years.
The plaster mould features a reverse impressed scene depicting a lion and cherubs; clearly Dudson was taking influence from classical design and the early pieces produced by Wedgwood. This is a most ornate scene that was likely produced for an ornamental piece due to its highly detailed nature.
This is a fascinating item that will display excellently and would make the perfect conversation piece. The ideal item for anyone who has a passion for early pottery and porcelain, however it is also an excellent display item in its self. This has wide appear, what a wonderful little item from the early Victorian era.
Measuring: Width 4.75 inch (12 cm) by height 2.75 inch (7 cm).
Condition: Light wear associated with a working mould, small chip to bottom left edge and some minor dislocation to right edge face. No maker's stamp, purchased as part of three, one of which has J Dudson impressed stamp.
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Important 19th Century Victorian Sprig Mould, Putti and Lion Cherubs Circa 1860 Dudson Pottery
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