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    Posted 3 years ago

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    There are a lot of modern releases of George Stubbs' design of The Affrighted Horse by Wedgwood in limited editions. Most if not all of these have a flat rear surface with markings indicating they were issued in a limited edition x/xxx, and many have gold enamel markings indicating they were from the Wedgwood Collector Society. They are usually stamped Wedgwood, Made in England, as is the case with most modern Wedgwood items.

    The plaque in my collection is possibly an original 18th century object, but I am having difficulty finding an exact reference. Here are the reasons that I so believe: The plaque is modeled in very high relief and the obverse surface is convex; the reverse is concave, not flat. It is marked simply WEDGWOOD in the early lettering style. It does not say England or Made in England, which would indicate 19th or 20th century manufacture respectively. There is a simple kiln mark of "0". Most unusual is the incised script title, "The affrighted horse".

    Though it is possible that this is some modern release of which I'm not aware, it may be a rare 18th or early 19th century release, or possibly even a maquette created by Stubbs. I would greatly appreciate the thoughts of anybody with expertise in the area. It is a truly beautiful decorative item, but I would like to know if my thoughts on the rarity can be confirmed. As you can see from the photos, I have had it framed in a 2" thick shadow box type of frame behind Plexiglas sandwiched between a recessed matte in front and a cut out matte in the rear so the reverse markings can be read. I thought this would give it the very best in protection. Whether early, or more modern, to me it is a wonderful example of 18th century design and the Romantic movement in Georgian art.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Tantalysing !!!!
    2. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Thanks Vetraio - we' be loved it for years!
    3. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Appreciate all of the loves... any thoughts RE: my dating question are still much appreciated. - Cheers, Bob
    4. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Any Wedgwood folks, opinions RE: date would still be appreciated if you're out there :-)
    5. AdeleC AdeleC, 3 years ago
      I agree with your dating. Just "Wedgwood" is usually 18th or 19th century. You could try contacting the Wedgwood Museum, in Stoke on Trent, England, they may be able to help. (I am no expert on older Wedgwood Jasperware, mine is mostly modern!).
    6. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Thank you Adele, I may give that a try. I've never seen a Wedgwood item marked with the title in incised script before.

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