Jasperware is a very distinctive type of stoneware with ivory/marble-looking appliques of Greek and Roman classical design on a blue, black, pink, brown red or green background.
Jasperware was originally developed by Josiah Wedgwood during the mid-1700s.
Surfaces were typically gilded or enameled, with designs often taken from nature.
By 1766, Wedgwood had been named Potter to Her Majesty, and within just a few years, Queen’s Ware was so ubiquitous that Wedgwood’s competitors, especially those creating goods for the growing markets of the New World, took to calling their products Queen’s Ware, too.
He also appeared to understand the power of branding and marketing.
His first major success, and the one that would open doors for his company throughout the rest of his life, occurred in 1765, when he developed a cream-colored earthenware of Cornish clay and presented a tea set of the ware to England's Queen Charlotte.
By all accounts, the queen was so pleased with the look and feel of Wedgwood’s creation that she gave him permission to market it as Queen’s Ware.
Despite its name, Queen’s Ware was not designed for royalty or special occasions. Accordingly, Wedgwood produced Queen’s Ware plates, cups, saucers, bowls, and even candlesticks.
Like any popular maker, its products were quickly copied by other makers in both England and across the Channel in Europe.Take a preview of the Wedgwood Collection with these 10 iconic pieces: Family Portrait by George Stubbs This conversation piece shows the Wedgwood family in the park of Etruria Hall. Portland Vase This is a replica after the famous Roman cameo-glass vase, once owned by the Duchess of Portland.It is painted in oils on a wood panel by George Stubbs, renowned as the period’s finest British horse painter. It took Josiah more than three years of experimentation and trials before the first perfect copy was made in October 1789.The Frog Service was ordered by Empress Catherine II of Russia.It was the first plate of its kind to be decorated for this service; however, it was incorrectly painted with the oak-leaf border intended for dinner ware and, therefore, could not be sent to St Petersburg.The Wedgwood story began in 1759, when Josiah Wedgwood, aged just twenty-nine, started as an independent potter in Burslem, Staffordshire, England.