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Leonard Griffiths Brammer


The Jasper and Basalt Ovens, Wedgwood, Etruria by Leonard Griffiths Brammer

The Jasper and Basalt Ovens, Wedgwood, Etruria  

  Original etching.
Signed in pencil.
S 320 x 255 mm; P & I 225 x 175 mm
Original etching by Leonard Brammer.

Excellent signed proof impression from the only edition. A very fine example of this striking image.

This image shows the huge ovens in which so-called Jasper Ware and Basalt Ware were created. Jasper Ware was a type of fine-grained, unglazed stoneware introduced by the English potter Josiah Wedgwood in 1775. Its name derives from the fact that it resembles the natural stone jasper in its hardness. Although white in its natural state, the most common shade produced by the Wedgwood factories was pale blue, but dark blue, lilac, sage green, black, and yellow were also made. Jasperware is still produced by Wedgwood's today.

Basalt Ware is a hard black vitreous stoneware, named after the volcanic rock basalt and manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood from about 1768. Wedgwood's black basalt ware was an improvement on the stained earthenware known as "Egyptian black" made by other Staffordshire potters.

On pale cream laid paper, with full margins and deckle edge. Very fine condition.