A WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT 'ENCAUSTIC'-DECORATED TWO-HANDLED VASE, COVER AND PIERCED COVER LATE 18TH CENTURY
of classical form with a waisted trumpet neck, the loop handles with molded 'studded' terminals to simulate metalwork and the bulbous body painted in terracotta-red and white on the front with three figures, on the reverse with a large anthemion and on each side with a leafy branch, with classical ornament bands, the interior glazed, impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD.
Height 16⅝ in.
The knop of cover restored. Two minute flat flat shallow chips to upper edge of rim, four to underside edge of rim. The pierced cover with two fine cracks located between piercings. There is a firing crack between two other piercings. There is an unevenness to the black basalt surface as visible in the catalogue illustration, this is possibly the result of cleaning. The base with a hole from firing.
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Collection of Olivia P. Lenhart, no. 614, bearing label
The Estate of Olivia P. Lenhart, Christie's New York, January 26, 1987, lot 208
de Young Museum, 1971, bearing label, illustrated in the Seminar Catalogue, 1981, p. 42, case. 18.
See Plate 44 of The Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Honble Wm Hamilton, P. F. d'Hancarville (ed.), Naples, 1766, Vol. 1, for an engraving showing a cross section with measurements of this form. The three figures appear on a different vase in black and white plate 72, and plate 74, a large double-page color plate, in the same volume.