Large 19th Century Wedgwood Black Basalt Bowl


This large and beautiful Wedgwood Black Basalt bowl is a masterpiece of 19th-century stoneware. Its elegant rolled edge and simple inverted lip give it a refined and sophisticated appearance. The bowl is made from Black Basalt stoneware, a material Josiah Wedgwood developed in the 18th century. Wedgwood created a rich and luxurious black color for his Black Basalt by adding manganese to traditional Staffordshire stoneware.

Dimensions: 10.5 inches in diameter and 1.75 inches deep.

Condition: Excellent

In stock

Background of Wedgwood Black Basalt

In the mid-18th century, Josiah Wedgwood and his circle saw the classical images uncovered in excavating the buried Roman cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii. By the middle of the 18th century, the return to classicism had taken a firm hold on the decorative arts. Josiah Wedgwood satisfied the consumer market with wares in the new neo-classical style. Classical decoration was incorporated into the decorative arts, and a fashionable family could display its style credentials through Wedgwood’s neoclassical vases, figures, plaques, and dishes. Black Basalt wares were based on Roman, Greek, and Etruscan originals and fitted perfectly with the neoclassical style that was the dominant fashion for interior design in the 1770s. Basalt wares had perhaps their greatest popularity in the first half of the 19th century.  

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