A WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT CIRCULAR PLAQUE OF A BACCHANALIAN DANCER 19TH CENTURY
from the 'Herculaneum Figures' series, molded in high relief with a male figure holding a torch in one hand and a spearhead in the other, impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD, in ebonized wood frame.
Diameter of plaque 11 in.
In good appearance and condition.
Not examined out of frame. The condition of frame not guaranteed.
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.
Christie's East New York, January 26, 1987, lot 196
Based on a fresco found at Herculaneum, an engraving of this figure can be found in Volume 2 of Le Antichità di Ercolano Esposte, Naples, 1757-92, beneath an engraving of the Centaur Chiron teaching Achilles to play a lyre. The publication provided an important source for the neo-classical influences of 18th century design in Europe, including the Wedgwood manufactory. The present plaque was first listed in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1773 catalogue. A blue-dipped jasper example is in The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, obj. no. 19063, illustrated in Lydia Lakhova, 'The Wedgwood Exhibition at the Imperial Academy of Arts (St. Petersburg), Ars Ceramica, No. 9, 1992, p. 24, fig. 4.