An incense burner in the Egyptian Revival style made by Wedgwood from Black Basalt and Rosso Antico.
This Wedgwood burner is unusual in that it combines the Black Basalt and the Rosso Antico in a beautiful combination. The Black Basalt body is supported by three Rosso Antico red dolphins. The upper and bottom borders each have a band of red neo-Egyptian decoration.
My favorite part of this piece is the wonderful cover which has a pierced web of Rosso Antico.
H 4.5 in. x W 4.5 in. x D 4.5 in.
Excellent. The delicate cover is glued to the body to protect it from breakage.
Egyptian revival was popular in English decorative arts when this burner was made in the early nineteenth century. Egyptian motifs were applied to a wide variety of decorative objects. History Enthusiasm for the artistic style of Ancient Egypt is generally attributed to the French excitement over Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt and, in Britain, to Admiral Nelson’s defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of the Nile in 1798. The neo-Egyptian revival inspired everything from sofas with sphinx shaped legs, to tea sets painted with the pyramids.
Black Basalt was introduced by Josiah Wedgwood in 1768. By adding manganese he transformed Egyptian black, a traditional gray/black Staffordshire stoneware into black basalt. Around the same time Wedgwood also created a red stoneware which he named Rosso Antico.
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