A WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY VERY LARGE BLACK BASALT BUST OF THE DUTCH JURIST HUGO GROTIUS CIRCA 1775-80
after Michiel Janszoon van Mierevelt (1566-1641), wearing a large layered ruff over a doublet, raised on a separate socle base, the reverse of the shoulder with impressed uppercase GROTIUS, over letter H., the underside of socle with uppercase WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY mark.
Height 20⅜ in.
In good appearance and generally good condition. Some minor chips to edges of ruff.
The pieces could benefit from a light clean.
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 Parke Bernet Inc. New York, December 1, 1977, lot 66
Gallagher, Ars Ceramica, 2019, no. 31, p. 18, fig. 9
Gallagher, 2019, op. cit., writes that in September 1779, an order of six large busts, including a Grotius, was fulfilled for the Dutch market and which came through Wedgwood's Amsterdam agent Lambertus van Veldhuysen. A bust of Grotius is also included in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1779 trade catalogue. The source for the bust is likely the 1631 oil painting by Michiel Jansz. Van Mierevelt (1576-1641). A second bust of Grotius of this large size from the Bernheim Collection was sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, February 26, 1972, lot 116.