A WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT 'ENCAUSTIC'-DECORATED KRATER VASE CIRCA 1785
after the so-called 'Hamilton Vase' model, the shoulder affixed with two handles bearing Gorgon masks on either side terminating in two loops with swans heads, painted in terracotta-red, orange, blue and white, the front with a female figure holding a skeiadion, and a male figure holding a staff, the reverse with a large anthemion in shaded red and blue, within Greek Key and egg and dart bands, the flared rim with bands of egg and dart, waves and rosettes, impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD.
Height 13¾ in.
In overall good appearance.
There is wear some light wear to the painted figures as seen in the catalogue illustration. Some light scattered surface wear around circumference of middle of vase.
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Yesterday's Antiques, February 1976
The two figures on the present vase appear on a double-strap-handled vessel in The Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Honble Wm Hamilton, d' Hancarville, ed,, Naples, 1766, Vol. II, pl. 49. The same figures appear in a design color plate 51.