Wedgwood Green Dip Tricolor Snake Handled Vase

  • This highly important vase is a remarkable example of Wedgwood's tricolor technique
  • Diceware is among the most complex versions of tricolor jasperware
  • The sinuous snake handles are a rare inclusion for Wedgwood vases
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Item No. 31-4256

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Tricolor jasperware was one of Wedgwood’s most celebrated innovations, and this exquisitely rare vase is an extraordinary example of this wondrous technique. The tall neck of the graceful amphora form is flanked by upright scroll handles entwined with sinuous serpents, a rare inclusion for Wedgwood. The upper register is expertly applied in relief with a continuous frieze depicting the marriage of Cupid and Psyche above a diceware pattern with yellow centered quatrefoils and stiff-leaf tips. This captivating vase rests on a circular socle and square base.

The lavish appearance of the tricolor variety of jasperware not only displays remarkable creativity on Wedgwood’s part, but a high level of craftsmanship previously unseen. Tricolor jasperware was introduced by the firm in 1786, and diceware, with its precise pattern, was among the most complex versions of their tricolor pottery. Today, tricolor pottery is highly uncommon and eagerly sought after by collectors.

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Circa 1850

14 3/4“ high x 5 3/4" wide x 5 3/4" deep
Wedgwood Green Dip Tricolor Snake Handled Vase
Maker: Wedgwood
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Vases/Urns
Depth: 5.75 Inches
Width: 5.75 Inches
Height: 14.75 Inches
Style: Jasperware

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