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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 513

    A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT 'PEGASUS' VASES AND COVERS

    SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARKS

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    A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT 'PEGASUS' VASES AND COVERS
    SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARKS
    Oviform with serpent handles and Medusa mask terminals, the finial formed as Pegasus rising above clouds, one depicting the Apotheosis of Homer, the other with the Apotheosis of Virgil, the reverse with a temple, palm tree and plinth
    17¾ in. (45 cm.) high (2)


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    These vases were originally created in jasper circa 1786 and 1790, using designs by John Flaxman originally intended for plaques. The Apotheosis of Homer was the first to be made and was valued very highly by Wedgwood - he presented a vase to the British Museum in May 1786. The bas-relief for the Apotheosis of Virgil was modelled at the end of 1785 and used to create a companion vase in 1790.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Didier Aaron, Paris.