This is a rare antique early 19th century Wedgwood jasper ware plaque of Christ. The design of this neoclassical Christ is extremely scarce due to the fact that it was not produced in large quantities. This exact design was created by Wedgwood and Bentley in the 1770's and an example of it is in the British Museum, although in a slightly different color. Wedgwood expert Robin Reilly describes this design as "rare" which apparently is a word he doesn't use lightly.Now in trying to date my piece, one thing was clear: it was pre-1860, due to the fact that Wedgwood started using a 3-letter date code in that year (which this piece doesn't have) It is only marked with the curved WEDGWOOD and the letter "N". In my research I have found out that early dark blue or cobalt jasper dip or dipware (which this is - it looks like solid jasper, but it is blue in the front and back and white in the middle) was produced between 1777 and 1820 and then again after 1866. The frame which is also gorgeous is completely hand-carved walnut? And either made in the Black Forest region of Germany or at least in the Black Forest style. I believe the frame was made in the late 19th century specifically for this medallion. There is a little bit of damage to the wood frame: on the left it is missing a branch of wheat and one of the leaves is chipped. There are some old repairs to the wood. The plaque itself measures 3 7/8" x 3 1/8" and the frame measures about 7" x 5 1/2". The plaque is in excellent condition with no damage, no repairs or restorations.
This is a beautiful and rare piece of Wedgwood. The item "RARE ANTIQUE WEDGWOOD CHRIST PLAQUE JASPERWARE BLUE MEDALLION withCARVED FRAME" is in sale since Sunday, August 12, 2018. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\China & Dinnerware\Wedgwood".The seller is "greatpickens" and is located in Richmond, Virginia. This item can be shipped worldwide.