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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 145

    A WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY BLACK BASALT EWER

    CIRCA 1780, IMPRESSED WAFER MARK

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    A WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY BLACK BASALT EWER
    CIRCA 1780, IMPRESSED WAFER MARK
    With fish-tail handle terminating in a mask and with a mask spout, the body applied with drapery swags
    11¼ in. (28.5 cm.) high


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    The shape of this ewer is adapted from the example on the title page of Jaques Stella's Livre de vases, Paris, circa 1667, the only real variation being the addition of the scales to the handle.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The partnership of Wedgwood and Bentley created some of the most inventive and celebrated pottery of the late 18th century. They were the unrivalled potters of neoclassicism. Designs were heavily influenced by and copied from well-known sources, but only the best aspects of the style selected. Black basalt was one of the most expensive bodies created by Wedgwood in around 1768, inspired by Etruscan wares being recovered in Italy.