Pair of Small Wedgwood Black Basalt Vases Made circa 1800


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WHY WE LOVE IT: Made in England circa 1800, these covered vases are molded in an ancient Greco-Roman style.

We are pleased to offer this pair of Wedgwood black basalt double handled vases decorated with neoclassical figures. The neoclassical design features winged angels and is further decorated at the top with machine turned pearls and incised lines radiating from the finial. The base is decorated with an egg and dart pattern.


7.75″ tall x 3.5″ diameter at widest point x 2″ across the base






Black basalt was created by Josiah Wedgwood in the 18th century. Before Wedgwood’s innovation the English potters used material found in the ground around local coal deposits to make Egyptian Black. He transformed Egyptian Black, a traditional Staffordshire stoneware into black basalt. Wedgwood used the native materials but added manganese to obtain a richer black for his black basalt.

In the mid-18th century Josiah Wedgwood and his circle saw the classical images uncovered in the excavation of the buried Roman cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii. By the middle of the 18th century the return to classicism had taken a firm hold on the decorative arts. Josiah Wedgwood, satisfied the consumer market with wares in the new neoclassical style. Classical decoration was incorporated into the decorative arts and a fashionable family could display its style credentials through Wedgwood’s neoclassical vases, figures, plaques, and dishes.

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