Extremely Rare Pair of Early 19th Century Terracotta "Rosso Antico" Wedgwood Wine coolers
Each formed as a barrel and with two Neo-classical female masks forming handles to the sides. Impressed WEDGWOOD to the bases. In very good condition with no cracks- one or two very small chips to the bands.
Wedgwood Factory. England. Circa 1800
Height: 26cm / 10.25"
Width: 28cm / 11"
Depth: 20cm / 8"
The Wedgwood story began in 1759, when Josiah Wedgwood, aged just twenty-nine, started as an independent potter in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. He began to experiment avidly with clay, exploring its many possibilities.
During his lifetime he invented and produced three of Wedgwood's most famous ceramic bodies - Queen's Ware (1762), Black Basalt (1768) and Jasper (1774). These remain famous to this day.
Creative, energetic, an astute business man and patron of the arts, he quickly became Britain's most inspired and successful ceramics pioneer. His genius led English pottery from a cottage craft to an art form and international industry.
He is today remembered as the “Father of English Potters”.