Old Wedgwood: the decorative or artistic ceramic work

Collection History

The digital collection draws upon the Library's exhibition, "Victorian Ornament: Excerpts from Design History," Dec. 9, 1989 - March 10, 1990, Edna Barnes Salomon Room, and supplements it with additional works through the 1920s. Holdings from the Victorian period, 1839-1900, are particularly strong covering America and Western Europe; these are often pattern or illustrated advice books. Other movements with representative, and often rare, titles include: Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, and Art Deco.


The Art & Architecture Collection has long been a repository of unusual plate books, with a core antiquarian collection dating to the initial creation of the Art Division. Many came from the private library of the architect Thomas Hastings, of the partnership, Carrere and Hastings, responsible for the Library's landmark classical revival building on Fifth Avenue. In the second half of the twentieth century, the department acquired additional significant titles retrospectively in response to growing recognition of the collection's depth and rarity.

Collection Data

Rathbone, Frederick (Author)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1898
Place: London
Publisher: B. Quaritch
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection
Shelf locator: MPGO++ (Rathbone, F. Old Wedgwood)
Wedgwood, Josiah, 1730-1795
Wedgwood ware
Pottery -- England
Date: Issued in 8 parts 1893-98.
Statement of responsibility: in colour and relief, invented and produced by Josiah Wedgwood, at Etruria, in Staffordshire, 1760-1794; with sixty-seven full page illustrations in the colour of originals, and smaller wood-blocks; biographical and descriptive chapters, a list of marks used at Etruria, and explanatory text to each object illustrated by Frederick Rathbone.
Physical Description
Extent: Xii, [2], 102 p., 1 l., [94] p., 2 l. col. front, illus. (incl. facsim) LXIV col. pl., port. 51 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 3326354
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13990097
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5bcb4b60-c6eb-012f-092e-58d385a7bc34
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