Description The designs on these three urns are decorated with scenes showing Apollo, nymphs, and cupid. They were made at the factory of William Adams, a contemporary, friend and follower of Josiah Wedgwood. Adams was associated with Wedgwood when he opened his famous factory at Etruria in 1769. He experimented with pottery and fitted up a private laboratory at his house at Tunstall, where he continued his research in the chemistry of pottery to the end of his life. Adams was responsible for a great quantity of excellent jasper ware, in some of which the ground colors differ perceptibly from that made at the Wedgwood factories. This vase is one of a group of three with 48.858 and 48.859, although it is slightly larger than this pair.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, Horace Townshend Sale, New York, 1914, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, by bequest, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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