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Rape of Helen

Factory:
Josiah Wedgwood (British, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent 1730–1795 Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent)
Date:
1780–90
Culture:
British, Etruria, Staffordshire
Medium:
Black basalt ware with "encaustic" decoration
Dimensions:
Diam. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.84.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 509
In his attempt to imitate ancient Greek vase painting, Wedgwood developed this type of decoration, known as encaustic painting, which he patented in 1769.
Inscription: [on back, in pencil]: Lieut Francis Blower Gibbes, Sr. / Jan'y 30, 1812

Marking: none
Lieut. Francis Blower Gibbes Sr. (from 1812)
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