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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Manufactured by Wedgwood, British (founded 1759 )
After Bernard de Montfaucon, French (1655 - 1741 Paris)
Diomedes with the Palladium
Medals and Medallions
Work Type
late 18th century
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, Etruria
Physical Descriptions
Lavender jasperware body with blue central field; decorative border and figures in white relief
4.1 cm diam. x 0.5 cm depth (1 5/8 x 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • manufacturer's mark: verso, impressed: WEDGWOOD
  • gallery label: removed from verso, paper and black ink, printed and handwritten: [printed:] F. RATHBONE / South Kensington, / LONDON, S.W.; [handwritten:] Old Wedgwood / tri-colour medallion. / Diomedes. 1792 / Sir J. D. Hooker / colln.
Sir Joseph D. Hooker, sold; to [Frederick Rathbone, London, 1911], sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, NY, 1912, bequest, to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Eliza Meteyard, Memorials of Wedgwood, George Bell (London, England, 1874), pl. VI

Old Wedgwood from the Bequest of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1944), no. 26, p. 18

Jean Gorely, "Pedigreed Wedgwood", The Magazine Antiques (January 1945), pp. 29-31, p. 29

Jean Gorely, "Sir Joseph Hooker's Collection", Old Wedgwood, The Wedgwood Club, Wellesley Press, Inc. (Wellesley, MA, 1945), no. 12, pp. 78-85, repr. p. 80

Carol Macht, Classical Wedgwood Designs, M. Barrows and Co. (New York, NY, 1957), p. 43-44, repr. as plate 19

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 43c; 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

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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