A WEDGWOOD BLUE AND WHITE JASPERWARE TWO-HANDLED 'BORGHESE' VASE LATE 18TH CENTURY
modeled by John Devaere, the solid-blue body applied in white relief around the exterior with a bacchanalian scene, raised on a circular foot and square base, impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD, numeral 2.
Height 19⅜ in.
The cover has fired in different tone of blue to the vase. There is restoration to the upper edge of the square foot and to two of the lower corners. The acanthus leaf edge and molded ribs of the domed foot also with restoration.
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Skinner Boston, May 20, 2000, lot 287
The monumental kylix marble vase was discovered in 1566 in the gardens of Sallust in Rome, and was recorded in the Villa Borghese in 1645. It was acquired by Napoleon Bonaparte from his brother-in-law Prince Camillo Borghese in 1808 and was sent to the Louvre, Paris where it is currently preserved. It was engraved by François Perrier (1590–1650) in Segmenta nobilium signorum et statuarum que temporis que dentem invidium evase, Paris and Rome, of which Wedgwood owned a copy. The vase was highly copied in marble, bronze and stone, during the 18th century. The silversmith Paul Storr made a copy in 1808. An example with a pedestal stand is in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, illustrated in Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, The New Illustrated Dictionary, Woodbridge, 1995, p. 72