Baroque and Beyond C. 1600–1850

Neoclassical Art

What is jasperware?

Developed by the English potter Josiah Wedgwood, jasperware is a type of porcelain best known for its popular white-on-blue, unglazed finish (though various other colors were also used) and neoclassical design. Wedgwood hired sculpture John Flaxman to recreate highly popular molded relief images that closely mimicked ancient Greek vase designs, which had been recently discovered. Jasperware was effectively marketed and manufactured on a large scale, making Wedgwood’s neoclassical designs available to a wider public than decorative objects made before the Industrial Revolution. Jasperware, and Wedgwood pottery as a whole, remain very popular to this day.


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