A WEDGWOOD PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE BLUE-GROUND OVAL PLAQUE DATED 1879
A WEDGWOOD PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE BLUE-GROUND OVAL PLAQUE DATED 1879
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A WEDGWOOD PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE BLUE-GROUND OVAL PLAQUE DATED 1879

Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 USD

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A WEDGWOOD PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE BLUE-GROUND OVAL PLAQUE DATED 1879

Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 USD

Lot Sold:1,625USD

Lot Details

Description

A WEDGWOOD PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE BLUE-GROUND OVAL PLAQUE DATED 1879


decorated by Frederick A. Rhead, in white slip depicting Ariel from Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', clasping a tree branch, the glazed white reverse incised twice with artist's monogram FAR/ J WEDGWOOD & SONS/ ETRURIA 1879., and "UNDER THE BLOSSOM THAT/ HANGS ON THE/ BOUGH ", mounted in a gilt-wood frame.

Plaque 11 x 7.5 in.; Overall 13⅝ x 10 in.

28 x 19 cm; 34.5 x 25.4 cm

Condition Report

In overall good condition and appearance. There is a minute firing flaw to the front surface to the left of the figure as visible in the catalogue illustration.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Jo-Ann Blum, New York, New York, 1967

Literature

Rakow, 1986, pp. 228-241

Bumpus, 1992, p. 153, pl. 117, together with its pair, pl. 116.

Bumpus, 1993, no. 10, cover, p. 17, fig. 6 (together with pair, fig. 5.)

Catalogue Note

Josiah Wedgwood & Sons appear not to have attempted the production of pâte-sur-pâte until the artist Frederick Rhead joined the manufactory in 1878. He had been a pupil of Louis Solon at Minton until he was dismissed in December 1877, reputedly for stealing a small quantity of clay. In the year he began employment his work was selected by Wedgwood for the Paris Exposition Universelle. Two pairs of vases were included, which prompted one journal reporter to write "These examples... shows [sic] the valuable addition Messrs. Wedgwood's staff has gained by the advent of Mr. F. Rhead", Pottery and Glass Trades Journal, May 1878, 74, referenced in Bernard Bumpus, Pâte-sur-Pâte, The Art of Ceramic Relief Decoration, 1849-1992, London, 1992, p. 154. Rhead worked at Wedgwood for less than three years.


The quote incised on the reverse is taken from the song 'Where the bee sucks, there suck I', from Shakespeare's The Tempest, sung by Ariel in Act V, Scene I. The character Ariel is widely viewed as male, though beginning in the Restoration the role began to be played by women, which may explain Rhead's choice of a maiden.


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