Cup and saucer, ceramic, English, XVIIIc cat. card dims cup 2-1/8 x 4' saucer 1x5-1/8 Holiday Traditions, Charleston Drawing Room

Cup and saucer, c. 1780

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Around 1768, Josiah Wedgwood perfected a black stoneware ceramic that he called black basalt, after a type of hard black volcanic rock that forms when lava cools. Black basalt was used for Wedgwood’s first strictly ornamental pieces, such as busts, plaques, and vases, and eventually also for functional domestic objects like this teapot, cup, and saucer.

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Title
Cup and saucer
Artist Life
Staffordshire, England, est. 1759
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Manufacturer
Accession Number
23.8.55a,b
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Cup and saucer, ceramic, English, XVIIIc cat. card dims cup 2-1/8 x 4' saucer 1x5-1/8 Holiday Traditions, Charleston Drawing Room