A WEDGWOOD BLUE AND WHITE JASPERWARE TWO HANDLED VASE CIRCA 1785
vase no. 266, of campana shape, the solid-blue body applied in relief with sprigged figures of Venus in her chariot drawn by swans, the reverse with cupids watering swans, affixed on either side with a snake-entwined handle, impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD.
Height 15⅞ in.
Each handle has several areas of restoration, with probable replaced areas to each. A lower corner of the square foot re-stuck and minor nibble chips. There are six restored beads at the rim of the vase.
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The Milton Milestone Collection of Early Wedgwood Pottery, Part I, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, December 16, 1975, lot 169
Edwards, Ars Ceramica, 2019, no. 31, p. 52, fig. 5
The subjects are adapted from designs by Charles Le Brun (1629-90). The immense of popularity of this vase in the 18th century is shown by its use by Josiah Wedgwood for the frontispiece of the Wedgwood trade catalogue in 1787. Wedgwood wrote of his vases in this catalogue, 'As these are my latest, I hope they may be found to be my most improved work, Verbal descriptions could give but an imperfect idea of the delicacy of the materials...', referenced by Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, London, 1989, Vol. I, p. 646, who illustrated an example of this vase with the same decoration from the Wedgwood Museum Collection, Stoke-on-Trent, C181.
"Notable purchasers of this vase form included the King of Naples, HRH the Duchess of Brunswick and the Philadelphia dealer John Bringhurst", Diana Edwards, Ars Ceramica, No. 31, July 2019, p. 52.