About this object

An oval tablet made in black basalt, with a gilded rim, the centre depicting a design featuring the prophetess Cassandra.
Originally the woman in the tablet was described as being a follower of Bacchus. Wedgwood re-named the woman, Cassandra, as followers of Bacchus were known for their wild behaviour. By changing the name of the woman he sought to make the piece more acceptable to his customers.
  • Date
    1775
  • Maker
    Wedgwood
  • Materials
    Black Basalt
  • Credit line
    From the Collection of Lord Leverhulme
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Staffordshire: Stoke-on-Trent: Hanley
  • Measurements
    282 mm x 239 mm x 37 mm
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections
Object view = Decorative Arts
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