M9803 | Necklace
1800-1825, 19th century
Ceramic: porcelain; metal: silver; Moulded, assembled
Gift of the Estate of Miss Anne McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Necklace (107)
Keys to History
While new transportation routes were used primarily for moving primary goods (such as wheat) or passengers (such as immigrants), there was also an important trade in luxury goods to satisfy the demands of the wealthy. Although never quite as rich as the most important families of New York or Chicago, railway and industrial barons were able to collect art, jewellery and fine homes.
Source : Confederation: The Creation of Canada [Web tour], by Brian J. Young, McGill University (see Links)
The Wedgwood company, famous for its delicate neo-classical figures applied in cameo-like relief
on a tinted background, was even better known for its pottery.
Wedgwood pottery was produced primarily at Staffordshire in England. Josiah Wedgwood frequently visited print shops in London looking for themes and images for his pottery. The company saw the potential market as the British Empire expanded around the world.
Although Wedgewood favoured classical designs for its jewellery, by the 1820s popular historical themes and Canadian scenes were used by it and other potters for their jugs and earthenware. Of great importance was the Death of Wolfe, one of Wedgwood's most successful historical motifs.
Women in the McCord and Ross families wore this jewellery, handing pieces down to their daughters. Jewellery and fine china were marks of social status. Although staunchly British, many wealthy Canadian families were also nationalists. The representation on pottery of regional sites, such as the Canadian views by W.H. Bartlett, met with instant success.