Flaxman & Wedgwood ” Neo-Classicism England “
John Flaxman works in the Neo–Classicism England was very important in the jasper ware developed by Wedgwood was a most important figures of the decorative arts developed during the Neoclassicism of great Britain .
John Flaxman Jr was probably the most significant artist employed by Josiah Wedgwood during his lifetime. He had a significant impact on the factory’s designs, many of which are today considered the finest examples of Josiah’s output. His works of models for so-called wine and water ewers, occasionally described as Sacred to Bacchus and Sacred to Neptune, in 1775. The same year his son began to provide models and designs, ideally suited to the white reliefs Josiah used on his fine jasper pieces, to the Wedgwood factory. Most were first modeled in wax onto slate or glass grounds before being cast for production. Many subjects for these bas reliefs were taken directly from classically-inspired themes.
. He exhibited at the Academy for the first time in 1770, and within a year had come to the attention of Josiah Wedgwood.John Flaxman Sr supplied Wedgwood with models for so-called wine and water ewers, occasionally described as Sacred to Bacchus and Sacred to Neptune, in 1775. The same year his son began to provide models and designs, ideally suited to the white reliefs Josiah used on his fine jasper pieces, to the Wedgwood factory.
My favorite example of his works are the “DANCING HOURS ” …..he original design consisted of twelve figures arranged in two panels, with six dancers on each panel. Many Wedgwood pieces, however, show three, six, or eight of the dancers. Flaxman’s dancing hours have been used on vases, teapots, wall plaques, and many other items. In many cases these are of white jasper on various colored backgrounds, but other color combinations have been used.
Many examples are found in both Museums and private Museums World wide . Unfortunately now , The Jasper ware is manufactured in very small quantity and often the best works are made only in special orders in the few existing Studios in United Kingdom while the other wares are produced out side of England . Quality examples
can be found on the secondary market by dealers and Auction Houses …
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