English Wedgwood Aesthetic Movement Dish

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English Wedgwood Aesthetic Movement dish, of octagonal form with basket-woven molded shoulder, the well transfer-printed and over-painted with a scene of a geisha playing flute in a fine kimono, on a geometric patterned floor, after a ukiyo-e print. 

Inspired by Ukiyo-e prints of the 1850s and 1860s, the central image closely follows a woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisda (1786-1865). The details of the imagery even include a red band with facsimile signature on it. ‘Bijin-ga,’known as the "beautiful women" prints, were as popular as the ‘Yakusha-e’ prints, which feature male actors in costume. Included here is a photo of the Japanese woodblock print illustrating Wedgwood II in Japan at a ceramic factory.

The series of wares showing Japanese ukiyo-e musical scenes are notable not only for their earnest representation of the Japanese woodblock prints, but also because the influence is clear into the years just before World War I.


Impressed marks and retailer's printed mark for John Mortlock, London. Black ink pattern number 9418.

1" H x 8.25" W x 8.25" L

Minor crazing and one or two black dota to surface.

Circa 1895