Pastille burner; 2nd Feby mark.
In rosso antico with black decoration.
Complete with lid.
This example boasts an extremely rare mark, probably associated with trials of a new pyrometer or kiln.
It is known that Josiah Wedgwood II was engaged in experiments with a new kind of pyrometer at this date. Reilly points out that the known examples are all items of a kind that were very sensitive to problems in the firing - tripod stands and/or lustre decoration are features of all the known examples. This would appear to be a special mark used to identify a particular firing as part of the testing.
Two of the supporting dolphins have cracks in the upper parts of the tails; possibly the bowl has been off at some point. It has been very neatly glued back and this is hardly noticeable on display.
Stock Number 3235