Wedgwood china was first produced by Josiah Wedgwood in 1759 in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. In 1940, a Wedgwood factory was set up at Barlaston in England, where modern technology was combined with the original Wedgwood production process. Each fine bone china plate can take up to 36 hours to perfect by up to four craftsmen, with meticulous painting or lithograph application taking place. Each piece is checked for perfection before it leaves the factory.
To this day, every Wedgwood china collection is still designed in the Wedgwood Design Studio, maintaining the Wedgwood’s quintessential fine china look and feel. While some Wedgwood manufacturing now takes place in factories outside of England, each piece is still overseen to ensure it meets the Wedgwood standard.
Wedgewood is one of the best fine china brands to emerge from the United Kingdom. Founder, Josiah Wedgwood, was appointed ‘Potter to Her Majesty’ by Queen Charlotte, and since then his creations have been set on the tables of many British monarchs and heads of states, including inside the Kremlin, the Vatican and the Whitehouse, plus inside some of the world’s finest luxury hotels.
More recently, Wedgwood creations have been designed by some of the UK’s most recognised fashion designers, including Jasper Conran and Vera Wang, maintaining its image as one of the best and most sought-after fine china brands in the world.
As Wedgwood china dates back hundreds of years, there are many ways that it can be dated depending on the era it was manufactured in. Wedgwood printed a number of various marks on their pottery throughout the years, from circular stamps to initials and scripted lettering. Experts can use these marks to give a general timeframe to date a piece of Wedgwood pottery.
Some pieces of Wedgwood also have other letters or markings to more specifically date the year of production. In addition to this, experts in Wedgwood can also determine from the style or type of production approximately when a piece dates back to.
As Wedgwood is considered one of the finest brands of china, you will find a number of unofficial replicants. However, there are a few things to look out for to ensure you are buying authentic and real Wedgwood pottery:
An official Wedgwood mark on the underside
Correct spelling of Wedgwood - note, there is no second ‘e’ in the spelling
A matt finish - Wedgwood is typically not glossy
Was it bought from a reputable seller?
Even today, Wedgwood goes through a rigorous quality control process to ensure it is up to their own high standards - so, be sure you can still claim your new Wedgwood as real and authentic!