'Aquarium Flower Pot'

  • Designer / Maker

    Designed by Dr Christopher Dresser (1834-1904)

    Manufactured by Wedgwood (1759-present)

  • Detail

    Earthenware with majolica glazes

    Height: 20 cm

    English (Stoke-on-Trent), 1884

  • Marked

    Design registration mark for 11 October 1872; ‘M 1109 / x’; ‘MLA’; ‘M’ [date letter for 1884] and ‘WEDGWOOD’ (see below)

  • Provenance

    […]; private collection

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Notes

    Dresser’s design for the Aquarium Flower Pot was patented in 1872.  Wedgwood’s own record for the registration, no. 267060, October 11, 1872, is inscribed in ink ‘Aquariam [sic] Flower Pot / Proprietors Josiah Wedgwood & Sons / Etruria / Stoke on Trent’; it is now in the collection of the V&A Wedgwood Collection.

    Another Aquarium Flower Pot, with similar colours, is in the collection of the Minneapolis Museum of Art (90.116).

    For an example with a predominantly pink ground, on a stand, see Gaye Blake-Roberts, ‘The Innovation and Artistry of Wedgwood Majolica”, in Susan Weber (ed.), Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States 1850-1915, II, Bard Graduate Center, et al., 2021, fig. 14.27.