Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Home Beautiful: A Jasperware Plaque of Queen Charlotte, 1780

Queen Charlotte
Jasperware Plaque, 1780-1800
The Victoria & Albert Museum
The simplicity and beauty of jasperware has been beloved for centuries. The composition of white figures on the famed Wedgewood blue background makes for the perfect setting for a portrait in silhouette. Here, we see such perfection.

This plaque of blue jasper-dip shows a white bust relief of Queen Charlotte, consort of George III. She is seen in profile to the left and wears a low-necked dress and ermine cloak. The oval portrait is set in a gilt metal frame and inscribed below with “Q. CHARLOTTE.” Of course, it is the work of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons and dates between 1780 and 1800.

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