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Wedgwood's best known product is Jasperware, created to look like ancient Roman cameo glass, itself imitating cameo gems.
It was inspired by the Portland Vase, a famous Roman vase now in the British Museum, which was lent to Wedgwood to copy.
– were decorative designs that were highly influenced by the ancient cultures being studied and rediscovered at that time, especially as Great Britain was expanding its empire.
Many motifs were taken from ancient mythologies: Roman, Greek and Egyptian.
Wedgwood felt the loss keenly when Bentley died in 1780.
Wedgwood was also an early adopter of transfer printing, which allowed printed designs, for long only in a single colour, that were far cheaper than hand-painting, although this was still used, the two often being combined, with painted borders surrounding a printed figure scene.
This new form, perfected as white pearlware (from 1780), sold extremely well across Europe, and to America.
After a 2009 purchase by KPS Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, the group became known as WWRD Holdings Limited, an acronym for "Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton".
Complicated figure scenes and landscapes in painted enamels were generally reserved for the most expensive "ornaments" like vases, but transfer printed items had these.