Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Carolus Linneaus

Factory:
Josiah Wedgwood (British, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent 1730–1795 Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent)
Modeler:
John Flaxman (British, York 1755–1826 London)
Date:
ca. 1779
Culture:
British, Etruria, Staffordshire
Medium:
Jasperware
Dimensions:
2 1/2 × 1 7/8 in. (6.4 × 4.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of Frederick Rathbone, 1910
Accession Number:
10.144
Not on view
Flaxman portrayed the great Swedish botanist posthumously.

Images of cameos proliferated on objects of all sorts during the age of Neoclassicism. Some were copies, some inventions, but all owed their origins to Greco-Roman antiquity. By implication, these adaptations underscored the owner's erudition and sober good taste. The owner might be rich or humble. Pottery such as Wedgwood's, for example, made enough use of cameos to satisfy all comers.
Frederick Rathbone (until 1910; to MMA)
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