A WEDGWOOD LILAC JASPER-DIP 'LEDA AND THE SWAN' VASE AND COVER 1861
shape no. 274, of ogee form with a waisted low neck, the lilac-dip body enriched in white, affixed on either side with a swan-form handle, with a band of fine hanging bulrushes in white, the lower body with a band of stiff leaves, raised upon an octagonal stepped foot, the cover surmounted by a modeled 'Leda and the Swan', impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD mark over letter T, date code AAP for 1861.
Height 11⅝ in.
The overall appearance of the vase is good. The finial of the cover, Leda broken through upper body and repaired.
The main body of the vase in good condition and appearance. Some firing cracks to swan handles.
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Property of Jay C. Leff, Pennsylvania, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, December 17, 1975, lot 20
The Hammond Museum, 1984, bearing label
An unmarked vase in black basalt is illustrated in Captain M. H. Grant, The Makers of Black Basaltes, London, 1967, pl. XIII, no. 2; and a solid-blue jasper example in the Dwight and Lucille Beeson Collection, Birmingham Museum of Art, is illustrated in the collection catalogue by Elizabeth Bryding Adams, Birmingham, 1992, p. 122, col. pl. 107.