A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY BLACK BASALT OVOID VASES AND COVERS CIRCA 1775
vase shape no. 26, the bodies with fine engine turned banding, each affixed on either side with a horned Dionysus mask, the rims with a molded band of fabric swags tied with bows, on square bases, the covers with acorn knops, embossed WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY: ETRURIA. circular marks.
Heights 11½ in.
One cover has been broken into pieces and restored. The knop, which is possibly a (very good) made up replacement has a minute chip to the tip of the acorn knop and two small scuffs with brown showing beneath the black surface. Small chips around edge of cover
The other cover is in good condition.
Vases - one with loss to end of one ram's head handle
The other with a restored 3 inch crack to one side and two very minor rim chips
The tips of the rams head handles on both with some minor restorations.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Victor, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, March 10, 1978, lot 134
Gallagher, Ars Ceramica, 2019, no. 31, p. 21, fig. 13