Vase (one of a pair)
- Possibly designed by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, Anizy-le-Château 1824–1887 Sèvres)
- Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (1759–present)
- British, Etruria, Staffordshire
- Lead- and tin-glazed earthenware
- H. 54 in. (137.2 cm.); Gr. W. 20 in. (50.8 cm.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Gyora and Judith S. Novak, in honor of David T. Siegel, 1995
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Wedgwood’s swan vases were the most imposing products made by the factory in the nineteenth century. They were also available with a putto on the cover in place of the swan; one of these variants was among Wedgwood’s exhibit at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1878. The designer of this pair of vases may have been the French sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824–1887).
Nineteenth-century majolica, a type of earthenware covered in thick colored glazes, was first introduced by the Minton factory in 1851. Majolica, which differs from Italian sixteenth-century maiolica from which it was loosely derived, was made by a number of other English and American factories during the second half of the nineteenth century.