We are pleased to offer this incense burner in the Egyptian Revival style made by Wedgwood from Black Basalt and Rosso Antico. My favorite part of this piece is the beautiful cover with a pierced web of Rosso Antico (see image # 3). This Wedgwood burner is unusual in that it combines the Black Basalt and the Rosso Antico in a beautiful combination. Three Rosso Antico red dolphins support the Black Basalt body. The upper and bottom borders each have a band of red neo-Egyptian decoration.
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.
Dimensions: 4.5 inches tall x 4.5 inches diameter
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.
Josiah Wedgwood introduced black basalt in 1768. He added manganese and transformed Egyptian black, a traditional gray/black Staffordshire stoneware, into black basalt.
Around the same time, Wedgwood also created a red stoneware named Rosso Antico.
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