Japonisme is a French term coined in the late nineteenth century to describe the craze for Japanese art and design in the West. Japonisme involved Western arts with a Japanese aesthetic focused on asymmetrical compositions, and elements of color and line. The rediscovery of Japanese art and design had an almost incalculable effect on Western art.
Creamware is the name given to a type of earthenware pottery which is made from white clays from Dorset and Devonshire combined with calcined flint. Creamware was first produced in England some time before 1740. Foremost of the pioneers of creamware in the Staffordshire Potteries was Thomas Whieldon. He produced a wide variety of creamware. The young Josiah Wedgwood was in partnership with Thomas Whieldon from 1754-1759, and when Wedgwood left to set up his own business he immediately directed his efforts to the development of creamware.
Wedgwood improved creamware by introducing china-clay into both the body and glaze and so was able to produce creamware of a much paler color, lighter and stronger and more delicately worked, perfecting the ware by circa 1770. His superior creamware, known as ‘Queen’s ware’, was supplied to Queen Charlotte and Catherine the Great and became hugely popular. Most English pottery manufacturers gradually adopted the Wedgwood formula.
Pair with drabware teacups and saucers for an understated yet gorgeous look.
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