Very desirable and collectible Wedgwood Jasperware Kidney Bean Trinket Box in Teal with heavy Jasperware decorations of creamy white Jasperware with a scene of Phaeton on the lid. The sides of this Wedgwood box are adorned with frolicking cherubs and their puppy!
The subject of this Wedgwood Jasperware relief is the well known classical legend about Phaeton. He was the headstrong son of Helios, the god of the sun who each morning started his day-long journey across the sky carrying the sun in his chariot. Helios granted one wish to Phaeton. Phaeton asked to ride the chariot of the sun on his own. His father tried to dissuade him, knowing how difficult it was to manage the chariot and the horses. The boy insisted. In the middle of his journey across the sky he lost control of the horses. He took the sun so near the earth that he risked destroying it. Zeus, king of the gods, struck Phaeton with a thunderbolt and killed him. The image shows Phaeton's chariot going out of control with four fiercely animated horses charging ahead. The disc of the sun is represented as the burning wheels of the chariot.
The most famous of all Josiah Wedgwood's inventions was Jasperware. The unglazed vitreous body provides the perfect background for classic scenes in bas-relief, and these Wedgwood Jasperware trinket boxes are no exception. Our research indicates that Wedgwood first produced the teal color in 1984 to celebrate 225 years of Wedgwood. It was only produced until 1989.
Traditional Wedgwood craftsmanship in the fine details of the design. These Wedgwood Jasperware Lidded Boxes are very collectible and would make a fine gift for you or a loved one, or to add to your existing Wedgwood Jasperware collection.
Excellent condition with no damage to the applied Jasperware. No chips, cracks or marks noted. This Wedgwood heart box measures 3.25" and is marked on the bottom with 1739-1984 WEDGWOOD MADE IN ENGLAND and the date letter D.
A1432 - Wedgwood Jasperware TEAL Kidney Trinket Box Cherubs