Antique wedgwood history & wedgwood marks associated with wedgwood creamware, jasperware and other products the wedgwood company is a british pottery firm, originally founded by josiah wedgwood c1795, and possibly the most famous name ever associated with pottery. Unlike most old english potters, josiah wedgwood marked the majority of his products and wedgwood identification and dating marks are something for which the collector should always look these trademarks, which always contain the work wedgwood, have differed for various reasons throughout the company’s history. Antique creamware candlestick with impressed wedgwood factory mark and letter codes for march, 1899 (see all photos) as such, this example is about 118 years old.
Another mark that can be found on the reverse of some pieces of wedgwood majolica is a four number serial number prefaced by either a k or an m, this mark references the wedgwood pattern books which indicate the exact shape of that particular piecethese marks can also assist in dating a piece because designs can be dated as well. Looking for an exceptional day out for a unique experience & very warm welcome, the stunning new wedgwood museum is the place to visit see incredibly important & beautiful galleries open 7 days everyone welcome - especially families. Creamware and pearlware the 1986 ‘creamware and pearlware’ exhibition catalogue can be seen on the cd of the first seven ncs exhibition catalogues, available from the website for a very modest £10.
In a creamware body, known as pearlware and made by wedgwood from circa 1861-1887, the pieces have an opaque white glaze that is decorated with enamels after firing the enamel is still bright and beautiful. Wedgwood was brought into partnership to address these problems and was mainly engaged in improving the lead glazes for creamware creamware at that time had already achieved an acceptable white body but no one had succeeded in producing a transparent lead glaze. A collection of thirteen creamware leaf moulded plates by wedgwood the pieces are modeled after early examples made in an unglazed caneware body first produced in late 1700’s by josiah wedgwood the first.
Wedgwood’s first creamware catalog issued in 1774 illustrated an orange basket the form is still made at the modern factory orange or chestnut basket made by wedgwood factory (1759⁰resent), stamped “wedgwood†and “o†on base, etruria, staffordshire, england, circa 1780. The last development in the 18th century was the introduction of pearlware and the invention of this process is usually attributed to josiah wedgwood pearlware is a whiter version of the creamware body. Dating old pottery is difficult - especially one that has been in operation for over 200 years such as wedgwood manufacturers were not overly concerned about sticking to 'rules' and would interchange marks - using different marks at the same time and using old batches later in the production runs.
Posts about creamware written by steve earp suppose your pottery shop has a pretty good reputation suppose your neighborhood is full of pretty good pottery shops, maybe 30 or so. Find great deals on ebay for wedgwood creamware shop with confidence. Creamware was copied by potteries in france, germany, holland, denmark, italy and sweden, many of whom acknowledged their debt to wedgwood with the words anglaise or inglese to describe the body and/or the glaze.
For dating wedgwood pottery that has a three letter code stamped on the bottom: the last letter determines the year of manufacture with “o” indicating 1860 and each letter further up the alphabet increases the date by one year, so “p” would be 1861, “q” 1862 and so on. Unusual early antique wedgwood light blue dip jasperware pottery wedgwood jasperware teapot antique blue 1521848 six wedgwood antique creamware pottery plates antique wedgwood pottery porcelain history marks antique wedgwood pottery porcelain history marks antique wedgwood pottery porcelain price guide antiques. 6 josiah wedgwood to thomas bentley, undated but 1775 (no 18579-25) rodney hampson kindly drew my attention to this extract (courtesy of the trustees of the wedgwood museum, barlaston) 7 see op cit creamware and pearlware (1986) for illustrations of several examples 8 wedwood to bentley, 14th february 1776.
Creamware, the earliest of the three, was formally introduced in england by josiah wedgwood in 1762 cream-colored wares were being produced as early as the 1740s, but wedgwood succeeded in creating a more refined ware. Wedgwood marks - a quick guide for jasper and basalt wedgwood : any date this mark has been used from the very start until about 1930 wedgwood & bentley , or w&b : 1772-1780. Creamware is still made today and therefore care should be taken regarding attributions of dating and factory plain creamware is best if it looks clean and crisp heavily stained items are best avoided.