A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY BLACK BASALT TWO-HANDLED VASES AND COVERS CIRCA 1775
each of shield shape, affixed with upright loop handles at the shoulders suspending drapery from rings, the front applied with a medallion showing 'The Three Graces' or the 'Sacrifice to Aesculapius', Greek god of medicine and healing, the neck and foot with engine-turned banding, impressed Wedgwood & Bentley marks.
Heights 13⅝ in.
One cover with finial knop re-stuck at terminal, and two small flat shallow chips to upper edge of rim. Both vases are bolted to the square feet and may have been re-affixed. Overall the vases are in good condition and appearance.
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.
David Newbon, London, 1978
On May 1st, 1769 Josiah proclaimed his intention of becoming "Vase Maker General to the Universe" in a letter to Thomas Bentley. He further wrote in his letter "Mrs Byerley is just return'd from London & brings a strange acct. of their goings on in Newport Street, No getting to the door for Coaches, nor into the rooms for Ladies & Gentn, & Vases, she says, Vases was all the cry - we must endeavour to gratify this universal passion", referenced by Gaye Blake-Roberts, Wedgwood, A story of Creation & Innovation, London, 2017, pp. 54, 107.