Antique Jasperware



2015-06-26 11:16:42

Antique Jasperware is a type of stoneware noted for its raised classical designs on a matte, coloured background.

History and Description

The name "jasper" is derived from the Greek name for a type of quartz. Jasperware was first developed by Josiah Wedgwood. The designs were based on Greek domestic friezes and adapted contemporary scenes, in keeping with the interest in classical artefacts at the time production began.

Although a variety of colours of jasperware are produced, the most common is a pale blue which has become known as Wedgwood Blue.

Although Jasperware is almost synonymous with Wedgwood, there were other producers, in particular Jean Baptiste Stahl, who worked in Germany and exhibited in 1900 at the Paris World Fair. Stahl designs are particularly prized for the translucency of the appliquéd porcelain figures used to make the frieze.

Guide For Collectors

Jasperware is still made and remains popular. The most popular designs used today have remained unchanged since Josiah Wedgewood began production. The designs are so faithfully copied, that sometimes it is only possible to establish the date pieces were made by examining signature marks made by the potter.

In general, there are marks representing the year, the month, and the potter. For Wedgwood Jasperware, the year '1860' is represented by 'O', 1861 by 'P', and returning to 'A' later.

However, there are exceptions to this, and some letters represent two or more years. Before 1860, pieces are normally marked Wedgwood, then carry a mark to denote the potter.


In July 2011 a Wedgwood Jasper urn was sold by Schmidt's Antiques Inc. for $500. A Wedgwood Jasperware bowl was sold by the same company for $50 in July 2011. A Wedgwood Jasperware biscuit-barrel was sold for $70 in July 2011, also by Schmidt's Antiques.

A Pair of Wedgwood Jasperware urns were sold by Great Gatsby's Antiques for $700 in April 2010. The same company sold a four piece selection of Wedgwood Jasperware for $1300 in April 2010.

A Wedgwood Blue and white Jasperware vase was sold for $50 by Stanton Auctions in January 2008.

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