A PAIR OF WEDGWOOD DARK-BLUE AND WHITE JASPER-DIP BOUGH POTS CIRCA 1785-90
shape no. 369, of square form, the solid-blue jasper body dipped in dark blue and applied in white relief on each side with classical figurative subjects including the 'Dipping of Achilles', impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD, letter O or circle.
Height 6⅛ in.
Both lacking covers. One with some areas of restoration around its lower edge and corners; the arching gallery on one side is made-up; some minor loss to the upper applied anthemion border. The other with similar restoration around the base and to two upper corners; minor loss to anthemion border; some chipping to the bough 'anchor' on the interior.
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.
Sotheby Park Bernet, Inc. New York, April 13, 1984, lot 583
Northeast Auctions, Plymouth, November 2001
Edwards, Ars Ceramica, 2019, no. 31, p. 55, fig. 8
Pairs of bough pots of this form enter the sale records in 1791. In addition to illustrating the present lot, Diana Edwards also notes in the caption accompanying fig. 8 that a pair in green jasper was purchased by the Duke of York in February 1792, '"When business and amusement can be made to go hand in hand:" Josiah Wedgwood's Jasper Initiative', Ars Ceramica, 2019, p. 55.