Wedgwood Pale Blue Snake Handled Jasperware Vase

  • This beautiful vase exhibits the dry biscuit finish characteristic of Wedgwood
  • Its long neck is flanked by two scrolling handles each wrapped in serpents
  • This vase was modeled by Lady Templeton, the only woman to ever directly collaborate with Wedgwood
  • Wedgwood works of solid jasper created prior to 1800 are incredibly rare and highly collectible
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Item No. 31-4252

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Remarkable in its size, craftsmanship and artistic importance, this solid jasperware amphora vase by Wedgwood is a masterpiece of ceramic pottery. The extraordinary form is flanked by two elegant scrolling handles wrapped in coiled snakes, a highly rare and especially beautiful inclusion for a Wedgwood vase. Exhibiting the dry “biscuit” finish characteristic to the English pottery firm, this vase displays applied white jasper scenes depicting classically styled mothers and their children, Cupid and a lamb against a solid blue ground, while the entire form rests upon a square white jasper base.

Wedgwood jasperware pieces like this vase created prior to 1800 were solid jasper, meaning dye was incorporated throughout the porcelain mixture. By 1800, these wares were jasper-dipped, meaning white jasper molds were dipped in colored jasper. This incredible vase is solid jasper and tinted blue throughout, making it all the more rare.

The vase’s design was modeled by Lady Templeton, the only woman to ever directly collaborate with the creative and business genius Josiah Wedgwood and one of the most important artists ever employed by the factory. Cousin to Queen Charlotte, Lady Templeton specialized in providing a genteel feminine perspective to Wedgwood designs and was responsible for a limited number of designs implemented by the Wedgwood factory. Lady Templeton’s creative fingerprint is found in Wedgwood pieces featuring domestic scenes illustrating the everyday lives of women and their children. Today, pieces bearing her designs are extremely rare and sought after. This stunning creation embodies the neoclassical tastes for which Wedgwood is so beloved, and it represents the height of the firm’s ceramic craftsmanship.

A vase of the same pattern by Wedgwood resides in the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and can also be found on page 310 of Wedgwood Vol. 1 by Robin Reilly.

Circa 1786-1800

Stamped "Wedgwood" on base

15 1/2“ high x 6 1/2" wide x 6 1/2" deep

Charlotte & David Zeitlin Collection, no. ST 41
Skinner, Boston, September 9, 2006

The Paine Art Center, Oshkosh, WI, Wedgwood Exhibit, 1965, no. X-9 
Wedgwood Pale Blue Snake Handled Jasperware Vase
Maker: Wedgwood
Period: 18th Century
Origin: England
Type: Vases/Urns
Depth: 6.5
Width: 6.5
Height: 15.5
Style: Jasperware

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