Jasperware is a type of pottery first produced by Josiah Wedgwood in the 1770s in Stoke-on-Trent. The best known examples of Wedgwood Jasperware are pale blue in colour with white relief decoration. The decoration is made in moulds and applied to the body of the ceramic.
The design on this bowl is known as Dancing Hours and was originally modelled by the sculptor, John Flaxman Jr., who supplied neoclassical designs for Wedgwood pottery from around 1775. The decoration on this bowl depicts goddesses from Greek mythology associated with the seasons known as the Horae. Alterations to this design were made by William Hackwood in the early 1800s.
This bowl is part of the Burnbrae Bequest donated to John Hastie Museum in Strathaven in the 1920s by Joseph Turner, a keen collector of ceramics who had worked in J. & M.P. Bell Pottery in Glasgow. His gift to the museum was in memory of his mother who was one of the Hamiltons of Burnbrae Farm, Sandford, near Strathaven.