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18th Century wine bottle with a connection to Wedgwood

will be auctioned in October 2023

A wine bottle made in 1776, bearing an inscription to pottery pioneer Thomas Wedgwood, could be worth up to £8,000 when auctioned in October. This bottle would be an enviable addition to any collection with a unique message on the bottle’s collar that reads: “‘Thomas Wedgwood of the Big House, Burslem, Staffordshire. Born 1703. Died 1776.”

Charles Hanson, founder of Hansons Auctioneers, based in Derbyshire, says that the bottle, which was made in 1776, could fetch £6,000 to £8,000 at auction – and he hopes it will “find its way into a museum”, such is the piece’s historical significance.”

The Hansons’ sale featuring the glass bottle is scheduled for October 5-6 in Derbyshire.


Thomas Wedgwood's unique Big House, Burslem  was once the home of this unique bottle of wine.


Alexis E. Barton at Juniper restaurant in Birmingham, Ala. (Andi Rice for The Washington Post)

My family found joy in entertaining

Wedgwood china continues to be the center of family life and gatherings.  Alexis Barton shares her

family's long history of collecting and setting a fine table with their Wedgwood china and the feelings that those memories evoke.  Ms. Barton writes of purchasing her first set of fine china,  Sheila Bridges Harlem Toile de Jouy and how it honors all the past generations of her loved ones.  The link below will

direct you to the full article as it appeared in the Washington Post Sunday magazine.

One-of-a-kind Wedgwood tea and coffee set is now on display

at the V&A Wedgwood Collection in Barlaston










StokeOnTrent Live reports that a one-of-a-kind Wedgwood tea and coffee set which previously belonged to fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is now on display in Staffordshire. The 'Campanula' set can now be seen at the V&A Wedgwood Collection in Barlaston and was owned by the controversial creative director for Chanel until his death in 2019. Designed by Paul Follot for Wedgwood, the hand-painted set was made around 1923 and includes 16 cups, 15 saucers, a teapot, a coffee pot, a milk jug and a sugar pot. The pieces are thought

to be the only examples of this pattern and shape in existence. 

The stunning Campanula set can now be seen at the V&A Wedgwood Collection in Barlaston


The poor potter who invented modern advertising


Wedgwood & Byerley showroom, York Street

BBC Select discusses Josiah Wedgwood's humble origin and his marketing strategies to appeal to the social aspirations of the growing  middle class.  From opening the first purpose built showroom in the fashionable West End of London, to clever invoicing techniques, Wedgwood transformed the buying public's tastes and vastly increased his sales and ultimately his wealth.

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