Pair Wedgwood Black Basalt Urn Neoclassical Made in England Circa 1840


In the late 18th-century, Josiah Wedgwood and his partner Bentley designed the model for this pair of mid-9th century black basalt urns. This Wedgwood pair was made circa 1840.

The exquisite designs were inspired by original antiquities from vases in the collections amassed by 18th-century English collectors. The urns are decorated with neoclassical scenes of figures in oval medallions. The urns are decorated with garlands of laurel and four medallions depicting: Night, Day, The Dipping of Achilles, and Hope and Plenty. They are further embellished with floral festoons and rams head handles.

Dimensions: diameter: 7.5″ x 3.75″ across the base x 14″  tall

Condition: Excellent

In stock

Background of Wedgwood Black Basalt

Black Basalt wares were based on Roman, Greek, and Etruscan originals and fitted perfectly with the neoclassical style that was the dominant fashion for interior design in the 1770s. Basalt wares had perhaps their greatest popularity in the first half of the 19th century. 

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 neo-classical style. The 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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