*In the Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks, Geoffrey Godden states Good quality creamwares of the 1790-1800 period occur with this impressed mark (WEDGWOOD & Co.) Godden says, “These wares were probably made by Ralph Wedgwood & Co. at the Hill Works, Burslem, before 1796.” The mark went out of use in 18101.
Background of Wedgwood & Co. Creamware
Creamware is cream-colored, refined earthenware. It was created in the mid-1700s by the potters of Staffordshire, England. Foremost of the pioneers of creamware was Thomas Whieldon. He invented a wide variety of decorations for creamware. The young Josiah Wedgwood was in partnership with Thomas Whieldon from 1754 to 1759. When Wedgwood left to set up his own business, he immediately directed his efforts to develop creamware. Other potters, including Ralph Wedgwood, followed Josiah Wedgwood in manufacturing creamware.
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