A WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY BLACK BASALT FOOTED OIL LAMP AND CANDLE HOLDER CIRCA 1771-8
of shallow form, the exterior affixed with garlands, the shoulder set with three small pierced shells, set on three dolphin supports raised on a triangular chamfered base, impressed lower case Wedgwood & Bentley mark.
Height 6⅜ in.
The finial of the cover is lacking its stopper and there are chips and some losses to the leaf border. Otherwise, the overall condition of the lamp and cover is good.
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.
S. Nager, January 1977
1st Bank of the U.S, 1980, no. 582, bearing label
Oil lamps were in production from 1771. On January 21, 1771 Josiah wrote to Bentley "We are making Lamps of various sorts some of which will be fire in our next Oven" referenced in Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, London, 1989, Vol. I, p. 357.