A WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT CIRCULAR PLAQUE OF MARSYAS AND THE YOUNG OLYMPUS LATE 18TH CENTURY
the satyr Marsyas seated teaching the young Olympus to play a tibia, reverse and edge with impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD mark, framed.
Diameter 12 in.
Overall 19¾x 19¾ in.
Please note: the plaque has not been examined for condition out of its frame. The visible body is in good condition.
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Gallagher, Ars Ceramica, 2019, no. 31, p. 14, fig. 2
From the 'Herculaneum Figures' series, the model is taken from a cast obtained from Mary Landré and was first listed as No. 61 in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1773 catalogue though according to the literature it was in production by June 1769. A blue jasper dip example is in Dwight and Lucille Beeson Collection in the Birmingham Museum, Alabama, illustrated in Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, The New Illustrated Dictionary, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1995, p. 275. Reilly, ibid., p. 254, records subjects listed on Landré's invoices which are identifiable in the Wedgwood & Bentley catalogue.