Aug 9, 2009 11:28 AM
With a touch of the ancient, the classically alluring Wedgwood Jasperware Bountiful Vase ($65) is a pretty find to add a punch of color and eclectic flair to a modern home with rich references to antiquity. The goddess depicted playing with cherub servants is certainly Ceres, the Roman derivation of Demeter, Goddess of the earth, grain, fertility, and bringer of seasons. We can spot her thanks to the styling of her toga and sprig of wheat in her hair, the grain of ancient Italy and a larger symbol for prosperity.
Josiah Wedgwood was an Englishman that lived in 1700s who revolutionized pottery styles. Jasperware made in Wedgewood's ceramics studio, Etruria Works, was the first industrialized pottery around, and was profoundly influenced by pottery of the Etruscan civilization, the precursors of the Romans and contemporaries of ancient Greeks. An extensive collection of Jasperware works are held in the Wedgewood Museum.