A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY CREAMWARE PORPHYRY TWO-HANDLED VASES AND COVERS CIRCA 1768-80
vase shape no. 41, of urn shape and fluted form, the neck with spiral fluting, applied around the shoulder in white with suspended drapery tied in bows, affixed on either side with the female sphinx head forming a handle, the creamware body modeled in shades of green and black to simulate porphyry, raised on a black basalt square base, embossed WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY: ETRURIA. circular marks.
Heights 10⅞ in.
The vases are in good appearance. The example in the left of the catalogue illustration, with restoration around spreading foot and top edge of rim. The example in the right of the illustration in good condition, both with minor chips to square feet, and covers restored.
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.
The Milton Milestone Collection of early Wedgwood Pottery, Sotheby-Parke Bernet, New York, April 6, 1976, lot 203
Collection of Theodore and Rosalind Spak, Miami, no. 137, bearing label inscribed 126, 1984
Institute of Fine Arts, New York, 1982, bearing label.
A further vase of this form was in the Oster Collection, sold at Sotheby's London, May 16, 1972, lot 386, formerly in the Ethel G. Douglas Collection, sold at Parke-Bernet, New York in 1940. For the form in black basalt see Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, London, 1989, Vol. I, p. 406, no. 551.