Highly Collectible Wedgwood Majolica
This piscatorial tazza is colourfully decorated in a tortoishell glaze.
The scallop or clam shell platform raised above a triplet of dolphins resting on a triangular base.
The underside is decorated in typical mottled brown and cream.
– Excellent condition.
– No chips, cracks, hairlines or crazing.
– Slight wear to the base rim commensurate with age and use
Makers Marks :
– Bearing impressed ‘WEDGWOOD’ mark
– Together with impressed ‘AXR’ and workmans marks
– Dating to c1863
Size & Weight :
– Tazza Stands: 17.2cm tall
– 15cm wide body
– 13.5cm foot rim
– 9.5cm by 7.5cm rim
– Unpacked Weight: 1.18 kilos
Wedgwood began potting majolica in 1861 and utilised a simple letter system to mark it.
The three letter impressed mark that accompanies the Wedgwood mark tells the story of where and when the piece was made.
From 1860 to 1907 the first letter indicates the month of production. January, February, April, September, October, November and December are always show by their first letter. June is always T and August is always W.
In 1860-1863 March is M, May is Y and July is V.
In 1864 March becomes R, May is M and July is L.
In 1871 Wedgwood adopted pattern numbers with the code letter prefixes.
From 1907 to 1924 the month letter was replaced with the number 3 to indicate the year cycle the piece was made in.
From 1925 to 1930 the 3 was replaced with a 4.
The second letter indicates the potter who made the piece.
The third letter indicates the year of production.
The system begins in 1860 with the letter O. It then progressed through Z for 1871.
1872 begins with A and progresses through Z for 1897.
1898 restarts the cycle and concludes with the letter F for 1929.
The word ENGLAND was added between 1890 and 1909. Then replaced with MADE IN ENGLAND after 1910, which is the year that general majolica production ended at Wedgwood.