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Wedgwood developed creamware, known as Queen’s Ware in honour of Queen Charlotte, that rivalled porcelain throughout Europe in the 1760s and 70s and competed with the endless supplies of chinese export porcelain.Other landmarks include a fine red stoneware known as rosso antico, black basaltes and the jasperware that came to be the company’s best-known product.Wedgwood’s factory could scarcely keep up with the demand for candlesticks, medallions, tableware, and vases in the material.The third major innovation for which Wedgwood is remembered is Jasper Ware, which has been described as the most important invention in the history of ceramics since the discovery of porcelain.Fortunately Josiah was the first potter of note to mark his production with his own name, rather than easily copied potters marks like the crossed sword mark used at Sevres or the Chelsea potteries' anchor mark.
On the basis of his work Wedgwood was elected to the Royal Society in 1783.
While early Wedgwood works may be unmarked, the presence of the correct mark is both an indication that the piece is genuine and an index of its age.
After 1781 few unmarked pieces can be correctly attributed to Wedgwood Josiah started marking his wares about 1759 with impressions made with printers movable type.
In 1765 Wedgwood provided a tea service in this new material for Queen Charlotte, wife of George III.
She was so pleased with it that she gave Wedgwood permission to call it Queens Ware, and to style himself, “Potter to Her Majesty”.