We are pleased to offer this exquisite pair of Wedgwood black basalt covered urns made in the early 19th century decorated with neoclassical scenes of figures in oval medallions. They are further decorated with floral festoons and neoclassical goat head handles (see images).
The tops are pierced so that the room can be scented with potpourri.
Made in the beginning of the 19th century, the covered urns stand 14 inches tall.
While we are always looking for pieces of this caliber to add to our collection of fine black basalt, these urns are particularly wonderful, and we are excited that we were able to acquire them. When we purchased them we also purchased a pair with the same decoration on matching wood stands.
We’ve listed three pairs of Wedgwood black basalt urns and vases. See them here.
14 inches tall x 6.5 inches at widest point.
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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