Vase depicting Achilles in Scyros among the daughters of Lycomedes

English
about 1790
Made at Wedgwood Manufactory (Staffordshire, England)


Object Place: Europe, England

Dimensions

34.3 cm (13 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

96.830a-b

Medium or Technique

Stoneware (Jasperware)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Stoneware

Jasperware, white with lilac dip, blue dicework, and green quatrefoils; white plinth with green palmette ornament


The subject illustrated on the vase, “Achilles and the daughters of Lycomedes,” was transposed from a segment of a late Roman marble disc by Angelo Dalmazzoni (fl. 1787-95), one of Wedgwood’s modellers, in Rome. The whole disc, now in the Capitoline Museum in Rome, illustrates the life of Achilles. The distinctive dice-work pattern on the lower portion of htis vase was achieved by scraping away areas of a blue dip to reveal the white body of the piece underneath. The green quatrefoils were molded separately and then applied.

Markings

WEDGWOOD/H (impressed)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Richard Baker