© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.1171
People
Manufactured by Wedgwood, British (founded 1759 )
Modelled by Henry Webber, British (London, England 1754 - 1826 London, England)
Title
Sacrifice to Concordia
Other Titles
Former Title: Sacrifice to Hymen
Classification
Medals and Medallions
Work Type
medallion
Date
late 18th century
Places
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, Etruria
Culture
British
Physical Descriptions
Medium
White jasperware body with lavender-gray glaze; blue zodiac border, all figures in white relief
Technique
Jasperware
Dimensions
5.8 cm diam. x 0.3 cm depth (2 5/16 x 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • manufacturer's mark: verso, impressed: WEDGWOOD / [three dots in triangle]
  • inscription: verso, graphite, handwritten: 12875
  • inscription: verso, graphite, handwritten: B A P [or 3 A P?]
Provenance
Anthony Bower, Liverpool, England. [Frederick Rathbone, London], sold; to Grenville Lindall Winthrop, New York, NY, July 25, 1913 (as "Sacrifice to Hymen"), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.1171
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Lavender background shows through in areas of thinnest relief. Zodiac border.

Label Text: The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820 , written 2017
Thanks to their durability and portability, coins from ancient Greece and Rome survive in large numbers. In the 18th century, scholars and antiquarians actively collected these artifacts, mining their inscriptions and the images on their reverse for evidence about the customs, agricultural practices, and built environment of the ancient world. Harvard’s collection included over one hundred ancient coins and 18th-century facsimiles, including “imitations of ancient coins” by the innovative British pottery firm Wedgwood and Bentley. They were
stored in cabinets like this mahogany example (TL41593) attributed to a prominent Boston workshop. Comprised of divided drawers that allowed for groups of coins or other specimens to be sorted into different classes and subclasses, these cabinets united the organizing logic of the Enlightenment with the aesthetics of high-style furniture.

Publication History

Old Wedgwood from the Bequest of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1944), no. 20, p. 16

Ethan Lasser, ed., The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017), p. 107, Plate 43a; p. 127, Plate 63 (contents of cabinet)

Exhibition History

Old Wedgwood from the Bequest of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/04/1944 - 09/03/1944

Eighteenth Century European Ceramics, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/02/2005 - 06/09/2008

The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/19/2017 - 12/31/2017

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