A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT LARGE AMPHORA VASES CIRCA 1840
decorated around the body in relief with sprigged figures of Muses, the neck with hanging trophies, the lower body and domed feet with stiff leaves and acanthus leaves, each with impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD marks.
Height 17½ in.
Both vases are in good appearance and condition, the applied decoration crisp. Some minor surface marks.
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David Seidenberg Antiques, New York, December 1975
A smaller vase of this form is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, mus. no. 1409-1855, and is illustrated in Captain M. H. Grant, The Makers of Black Basaltes, London, 1967, pl. XXX, no. 3.