Lamp stand

Lamp stand, frieze with children playing blind man’s buff, modeled by John Flaxman, Wedgwood, Staffordshire, England, around 1800, Jasperware.
Courtesy of Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

John Flaxman (1755 – 1826) was a grand master of relief and sought-after illustrator of ancient texts, which were central educational materials during the period of European neoclassicism. As an established artist who had studied in Rome for a long time, he played a key role in the state acquisition of the Elgin Marbles (the marble tablets of the Parthenon that Lord Elgin had kidnapped from Greece to London). For Wedgwood, Flaxman worked as a modeler in his younger years.