In 1860, the Wedgwood factory initiated the use of impressed, three-letter marks on all of its earthenware productions. The first letter indicates the month, the second the potter, and the third the year. While the names of the potters remain for the most part unknown today, the first and third letter provide a key to exactly when an object was made. The three-letter mark for this centerpiece is AHN, which according to the factory’s code tells us that it was made in April 1885.
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- Titles Centerpiece "Low Naiad Centre" (Descriptive)
- Artist Wedgwood, England, est. 1759
- Medium lead- and tin-glazed earthenware (majolica)
- Dimensions 11 x 17 1/2 x 8 in. (27.9 x 44.5 x 20.3 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of Susan S. Weitzen, 1999.52
- Work Type centerpiece
- Classification Containers
- On View
- Signature On inside of hollow bottom marked WEDGWOOD with the three-letter code AHN [for April 1885]
- Marks On inside of hollow bottom marked WEDGWOOD with the three-letter code AHN [for April 1885]
- Inscription None
- Provenance Dealer Earl Buckman, Dallas, Texas; purchased by Susan S. Weitzen (1940-1999) from Earl Buckman at the 1990 Wedgwood International Seminar in Birmingham, Alabama; by bequest to the Birmingham Museum of Art in 1999