Art/ Collection/ Art Object

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
Not on view
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: Unmarked
Lieut. Francis Blower Gibbes Sr. (from 1812)
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