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2002, Number 18

Published September 2004

©2004 by The Wedgwood Society of New York, ISSN 1043-3317

  • President's Letter
  • Wedgwood Cases for Argand Lamps by Robin Emmerson
  • The Artist's Vade Mecum,
    A design Source for English Cermaics by Ron Fuchs
  • The Artist's Vade Mecum
Cover Image

On the cover: A Wedgwood blue and white jasper lamp case and cover, marked WEDGWOOD, c. 1787. Josiah Wedgwood's factory first produced this shape in April 1786 to serve as a base for the newly invented Argand lamp. The air necessary to feed the flame flows through the six openings between the feet and then through a characteristic hole in the underside of the base. In a dimly lit room, the feliefs of Blind Man's Bluff would have been illuminated by a most dramatic raking light. Wedgwood's trade catalog of 1787 observes that the brilliant light of the Argand's lamp "being thrown upon the bas-reliefs, has a singular and beautiful effect."
Trustees of the National Museums Liverpool (Lady Level Art Gallery)

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