A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY 'PORPHYRY' 'FISH TAIL' EWER VASES CIRCA 1775
 A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY 'PORPHYRY' 'FISH TAIL' EWER VASES CIRCA 1775
 A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY 'PORPHYRY' 'FISH TAIL' EWER VASES CIRCA 1775
 A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY 'PORPHYRY' 'FISH TAIL' EWER VASES CIRCA 1775
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A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY 'PORPHYRY' 'FISH TAIL' EWER VASES CIRCA 1775

Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD

A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY 'PORPHYRY' 'FISH TAIL' EWER VASES CIRCA 1775

Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD

Lot Sold:12,500USD

Lot Details

Description

A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY 'PORPHYRY' 'FISH TAIL' EWER VASES CIRCA 1775


vase shape no. 152, after the engraving by Jacques Stella (1596-1657), of urn shape, each affixed on either side with a gilt mask handle terminal or spout joined by a band of vertical fluting at the shoulder, the cover issuing a long curving scaly gilt fish-tail handle, the creamware body motttled in shades of green and black to simulate porphyry, raised on a black basalt square base, embossed WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY: ETRURIA. circular marks.

Heights 12¼ and 12½ in.

31 and 31.8 cm

Condition Report

Both vases have been sprayed which makes it difficult to determine extent of any damage present. There is typical wear to gilding along edges of scales and extremities.

The vases are in good appearance. The square bases with very very minor nibble chips along edges.


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.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Property of David Style, Wateringbury Place, Maidstone, Kent, sold, Christie's London, June 1, 1978, lot 889

Pascoe & Co., Miami, Florida, June 1978

Exhibited

Institute of Fine Arts, 1982, bearing label

The Hammond Museum, 1984, bearing label

Catalogue Note

Wedgwood was inspired by a design which features on title page of Livre de Vases, the book of designs by French painter Jacque Stella (Lyon 1596 - 1657 Paris), published in Paris in 1667, etched by his niece Françoise (fig.1). It is known that Wedgwood owned a copy by August 1770, when he wrote 'I am glad you have met with such a Treasure in Stella, & shall be glad to have it here for our edification - Cannot Mr Coward offtrace the heads and handles so that we may have the book almost immediately, for I long to see it.', upon receiving the copy he later wrote' Stella's book is an admirable one indeed.', referenced by Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, London, 1989, Vol. I, p. 355.


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.

Wedgwood and Beyond: English Ceramics from the Starr Collection
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