The pair presented here is distinguished by the richness of its decor such as the lion paw feet, the twisted central stem entwined by a threatening snake, the upper frieze with pendants centred with vine leaves and bordered by lace braided trimmings. The very rare use of blue and white Wedgwood biscuit plates with quarterfoil scrollwork and floral garlands, is also remarkable.
The Wedgwood factory which was founded in Staffordshire in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), was soon favoured by a wealthy clientele. The British Royal Family placed orders and the manufactory exported throughout Europe. French decorative art dealers, especially under the reign of Louis XVI, did not hesitate to inset Wedgewood medallions and cartouches onto furniture or objects. Wedgewood’s decorative repertoire quickly integrated Neoclassicism as seen in the plates on the present pair of athéniennes pots-pourris.
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