Wedgwood Waterlilies

Wedgwood WaterliliesThe Water Lily pattern was originally engraved by the Josiah Wedgwood pottery (1759-2005) in 1808 for printing in brown with enameled decoration as seen in this platter. It was first made with the "botanical" border, and later with gilding on the edge. However, the pattern was expensive and difficult to make. In 1811, Josiah II gave instructions that it should be removed from display, saying it would be reissued in blue with an altered border. The resulting pattern was one of the finest of the period, and it enjoyed a long life. The pattern is # 16308 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources.