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Title: The Wedgwoods: being a life of Josiah Wedgwood; with notices of his works and their productions, memoirs of the Wedgwood and other families, and a history of the early potteries of Staffordshire
Year: 1865 (1860s)
Authors: Jewitt, Llewellynn Frederick William, 1816-1886
Subjects: Wedgwood, Josiah, 1730-1795 Wedgwood family Wedgwood ware Staffordshire pottery
Publisher: London, Virtue Brothers
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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erienced chemist, paid considerable atten-tion to the producing of a good blue, and was the first whosucceeded in this country in manufacturing cobalt bluedirect from the ore. Before this time the colom* was pre- COOKWORTHY TAKES OUT A PATENT. 233 pared by grinding foreign imported zaffres with slab andniuller; but after a series of experiments he succeeded inproducing a fine and excellent blue from the cobalt ore,and prepared it by a better process. It is said that Cook-worthy himself painted some of the earlier blue and whiteproductions of his manufactory, and this is not at allimprobable. The white porcelain of Plymouth is one ofits notable features, for in it some remarkably fine worksexist in different collections. These mostly consist of salt-cellars, pickle-cups, and toilet-pieces, formed of shells andcorals, beautifully, indeed exquisitely, modelled from nature.The shells and corals, and other marine objects which com-pose these pieces, are remarkably true to nature, and their
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arrangement in groups is very artistic and good, as will, beseen in the accompanying engravings., In 1768 Cookworthy took out a patent for the manu-facture of a kind of porcelain newly invented by me,composed of moor-stone or growan, and growan clay. Thepatent was dated the 17th of March, 1768, and contained theusual proviso that full specification should be lodged and en-rolled within four months of that date, which was duly done.* Cookworthy, who determined to make his porcelain equalto that of Sevres and Escort Dresden, both in body, which hehimself mixed, and in ornamentation, for which he procured For this specification, and a full .iccount of the Plymouth ChinaWorks, see the Art-Journal for September, 1803. 234 THE WEDGWOODS. the services of such artists as were available, engaged aMod. Saqui, or Soqui, from Sevres, who was a man of raretalent as a painter and enameller, and to whose hands, andthose of Henry Bone, a native of Plymouth, who wasapprenticed to Cookworthy, and afterwards b
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