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2017, Number 33

Published September 2021

©2021 by The Wedgwood Society of New York, ISSN 1043-3317

  • President's Letter
  • Wedgwood and Ancient Egypt by David M. Pendergast
  • The Sèvres Egyptian Service, Napoleon Bonaparte, and the Baron Denon by Bob Brier
  • Francis Barlow’s Farmer’s Wife, Fox and Goose: a Cautionary Ceramics Tale by Robert Harrison
  • Early Images of the Iron Bridge on Ceramics by David de Haan
  • The Quaker Artist by Colin Andrew
  • The Other Hackwood by David M. Pendergast
  • Ten Year Cumulative Index of Ars Ceramica, Numbers 21-30

Cover Image

On the cover: plate from the Sèvres Egyptian Service, 1810-1812 (© Victoria and Albert Museum, London). The Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory produced two Egyptian Services in the early nineteenth century. One was presented by the Emperor Napoleon to Tsar Alexander I after the signing of a peace treaty between France and Russia at Tilsit, in 1807. This service is now in the State Museum of Ceramics at Kuskovo Palace in Moscow. The other service was made for the Empress Josephine as a divorce gift from Napoleon, but she rejected it on its final delivery in 1812. It was returned to the factory, where it remained until 1818, when Louis XVIII gave it to the Duke of Wellington for his part in overthrowing Napoleon and restoring the French monarchy. This service was acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1979, and is now on display at Apsley House, the London residence of the Duke of Wellington. The designs on the plates were taken from illustrations in Dominique Vivant Denon’s Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Egypte (Paris 1802), and painted by Jaques-François-Joseph Swebach-Defontaines. An assessment of the Egyptian Service by Egyptologist Bob Brier.

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