WEDGWOOD: THE FELIX JOSEPH COLLECTION OF 18th CENTURY JASPER
Wedgwood: The Felix Joseph Collection of 18th century Jasper
The Felix Joseph collection at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery is a rare survival of a complete Victorian collection of 18th century Wedgewood Jasper. It includes over 1400 pieces, ranging in size from the largest vases to the tiniest of cameos. The majority of the collection dates from the period of the first Josiah Wedgwood.
Felix Joseph, like many other Victorian collectors of Wedgwood, was fascinated by Jasper, the ceramic body that Josiah Wedgwood invented in the mid 1770’s in response to the fashion for neo-classical designs.
The collection is well known and widely illustrated in the literature on Wedgwood. Loans from the collection have been made to most of the major Wedgwood exhibitions in the UK and internationally, with sixty pieces touring to Japan and Warsaw in 2000-2001.
This book catalogues the collection giving the history of both Josiah Wedgewood and Felix Joseph, the ‘Generous benefactor’.
Venus in her Car (Chariot) drawn by Swans, with attendant Cupids 1786 – 1790
Solid blue Jasper with white reliefs.
The figure reliefs show “Venus in her Chariot drawn by Swans” with doves and cupids.
On the reverse “Cupid watering the Swans” while repairs are carried out to the chariot.
Both reliefs are based on designs by Charles Le Brun (1619 – 1690).
40.5 x 16.3 cm Approximate size
Situated on a natural hill, and built between 1580 and 1588, Wollaton Hall is one of the country's finest Grade 1 listed Elizabethan mansions. Located within the hall is the Natural History Museum housing wildlife exhibits and collections of rare and unique curiosity.
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