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Wedgwood

A truly iconic English brand, Wedgwood’s extensive history of craftsmanship and decorative integrity spans more than two centuries. Founded in 1759 by English potter and entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood, the company quickly gained popularity thanks to its innovations with ceramics. Black Basaltware and Jasperware, both new kinds of unglazed stoneware, were new and novel materials that served as the perfect backdrop for the ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian motifs that were in high demand at the time. Wedgwood’s new form of creamware, a fine glazed earthenware, was so impressive to Queen Charlotte that she gave official permission to call it “Queens Ware.” Josiah’s pioneering spirit and exacting attitude on quality helped give Wedgwood the international reputation it has today. Its ornamented porcelain and fine bone china have graced the table of royal families and heads of state around the world, including the White House and the Vatican. Its vases, decorative bowls, tableware and barware are instantly recognizable for their exceptional quality and unmistakable designs, not to mention their inimitable and beautiful colors. Collaborations with contemporary designers and artists like Lee Broom, Kit Kemp and Vera Wang bring this storied brand into the 21st century, while a permanent collection of art, ceramics, manuscripts and photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum ensure Wedgwood’s place in history as a legacy brand.