Behind the pattern - Renaissance Grey

The Renaissance collection was first designed in 2009 and has a very rich history, spanning back to the late 18th century. Below we look at the shapes and patterns that inspired this modern take on historic styles so you too can have an everyday renaissance.

The Cameo Shape

The main hero of the Renaissance Grey collection is the iconic cameo shape, the recognisable oval shape that is present throughout this fine bone china tableware collection. Our relationship with the cameo shape dates back to 1785 when Matthew Boulton designed Jasperware scent bottles for Wedgwood.

Cameos have existed since the Roman period, usually made from glass, and most typically depicted side profile portraits of important figures, or scenes from classical history. The most famous example of Roman cameo glass is the Portland Vase, which our founder Josiah Wedgwood replicated in Jasperware.

Florentine accents

The Florentine pattern was first created in 1931, designed on a fine bone china body and characterised by an ornate border, intricately detailed with a cacophony of mystical creature and fantastical flora.

The distinct Florentine pattern features on accent plates in the Renaissance collection, creating a beautiful focal point on your tabletop and a unique opportunity to mix and match styles.

The colours – Red, Gold and Grey

Renaissance Grey joins a duo of much-loved colours in the Renaissance collection. The pattern already lends itself to seamless mixing and matching on the tabletop, with the three stunning colours effortlessly complementing each other to create a unique look.

The grey colour adds a touch of understated elegance to the collection, with gold accents adding that much-deserved decadence and luxury.

Layer with existing colourways from the Renaissance family,