Large Wedgwood Black Basalt Bowl Made in England Mid 19th Century
A large Wedgwood black basalt engine turned bowl decorated around the outside with a band of chevrons at the top and a band of broad vertical cuts below that. The verticle cuts reach all the way to the bottom of the bowl. They are deep enough that one can see the texture of the black basalt material. Josiah Wedgwood created Black Basalt in the 18th century. Wedgwood transformed Egyptian black, a traditional Staffordshire stoneware, into Wedgwood Black Basalt. Before Wedgwood’s innovation, the English potters used material found in the ground around local coal deposits to make Egyptian black. Wedgwood used this native material but added manganese to obtain a much richer black for his Black Basalt. The bottom of the bowl has an impressed “Wedgwood” mark.
Dimensions: diameter 10.5″ height 4.5″