A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY CREAMWARE 'PORPHYRY' TWO-HANDLED VASES AND COVERS CIRCA 1780
vase shape no. 29, each of inverted pear shape, affixed on either side at the shoulder with fruiting foliate scroll handles, joined by a modeled laurel wreath band, reserving creamware medallions showing The Three Graces and the Sacrifice to Aesculapius, the Greek god of medicine and healing, reserved on a creamware body mottled and marbled in shades of underglaze green, brown and black to simulate porphyry, raised on a black basalt square base, the base with applied medallions embossed WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY ETRURIA.
Height 12⅞ in.
The example in the left of the illustration, with spray to spreading foot. The example in right of illustration with spray to waisted section of spreading foot, and the lower portion of the pear-shape body. Both covers sprayed. It is difficult to determine extent of any damage present but both vases are in overall good appearance and do not require further attention.
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.
Christie's London, October 1, 1990, lot 63
A pair of black basalt vases of this form reserving medallions of Apollo and Marsyas, in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, is illustrated in Diana Edwards, Black Basalt, Wedgwood and Contemporary Manufacturers, Woodbridge, 1994, p. 42, fig. 9.