A collection of Wedgwood black basalt vases all decorated with classical figures raised in relief. The collection consists of a pair of early 19th century covered vases, a pair of early 19th century urns, and a pair of 20th century vases.
1) A pair of Wedgwood early 19th century black basalt covered vases decorated with neoclassical figures in oval medallions. The vases are further decorated with floral festoons and goat head handles, all set atop antique square wood bases. Made in the beginning of the 19th century the covered vases have pierced covers. They stand 18 1/2 inches tall including the attached stands. The bottom of each vase is marked “Wedgwood”.
18.5 inches tall x 7.5 inches at the widest point
2) A pair of mid-19th century Wedgwood black basalt campana shape urns with neoclassical decoration of figures and a design of anthemion and palmette leaves. The urns have simple upturned loop handles. The figures are expertly carved in bas-relief. The motif and forms derive from the Borghese vase which is now in the Salle des Caryatides of the Louvre. The bottom of each urn is marked “Wedgwood”.
12 inches tall x 10.5 inches diameter
3) Pair of Wedgwood black basalt mantle vases. This pair of Wedgwood double handled mantle vases has a truly classical shape and decoration. The expected Wedgwood molded design is finely executed. Around the center of the vases we see figures in relief wearing classical dress. Below the figures are bands of acanthus leaves in the neoclassical style. Each vase is raised from a square base decorated on all four sides with a flower and acanthus leaves. The classical meaning associated with the acanthus leaf is that of enduring life. The slender form of these vases (11.25″ tall x 4.25″ diameter) enables them to work as either part of a group, or alone on a mantle.
11.25″ tall x 4.25″ diameter
The entire group is elegant and graceful. Individually these three pairs of vases stand on their own, but together as a collection they make an even stronger statement! Condition of the collection is excellent. Price for the collection is $19,500.
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.
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