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A Man and a Brother

Wedgwood anti-slavery medallion circa 1790Este é um objecto fundamental para a história do design, das lutas por causas e da moda. Deixará, com certeza, Vivienne Westwood comovida, tal como deixou a nós.
Vem das mãos de Josiah Wedgwood, que, ainda no século XVIII criou a fábrica de cerâmicas Wedgwood, também ela histórica.
Motivado pela abolição da escravatura em Inglaterra, sendo um membro fundador da Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, pede ao artífice William Hackwood que modelasse a imagem em jasperware, uma espécie de modelação em duas partes – relevo modelado e sobreposto à forma antes de cozedura – que simula o efeito de um camafeu e que se tornou numa imagem da marca da Wedgwood.
O medalhão era usado como alfinete nas lapelas e chapéus, com aro em metal e suspenso numa corrente ou incorporado noutros objectos de maior dimensão.
Foram produzidos pela Wedgwood e distribuídos gratuitamente, nas esperança de que “… o tema da liberdade será mais procurado e melhor compreendido …”
A escravatura só foi totalmente abolida no Reino Unido em 1843.
(imagem: medalhão anti-escravatura Wedgwood, c. 1788, vendido na Sotheby’s)
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This is a fundamental object for the history of design, for the history of fights for causes and for the history of fashion. It will touch Vivienne Westwood as it touched us.
It comes from the hands of Josiah Wedgwood, who, still in the eighteen century, created the Wedgwood ceramics factory, which is also an historic factory.
Motivated by the abolition of slavery in England, being a founding member of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, he asks the craftsman William Hackwood to model the image in jasperware, a kind of two-part modeling – relief modeled and overlaped before kiln – which simulates the effect of a cameo and which has become a brand image of Wedgwood.
The medallion was used as a pin on lapels and hats, with a metal rim and suspended in a chain or incorporated in other objects of greater size.
They were produced by Wedgwood and distributed free of charge in the hope that “… the subject of freedom will be more canvassed and better understood…”
Slavery was only completely abolished in the United Kingdom in 1843.
(photo: Wedgwood Anti-Slavery Medallion, c.1788, sold at Sotheby’s)

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This entry was posted on March 28, 2017 by in Design, Uncategorized and tagged .
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