A WEDGWOOD VERY LARGE BLACK BASALT BUST OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE LATE 18TH CENTURY
modeled wearing doublet and shirt collar, raised on a separate socle base, the reverse of the shoulder embossed in uppercase SHAKESPEARE, and lowercase Wedgwood mark, the underside of the socle with uppercase WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY mark.
Height 19 in.
In good appearance. A short firing crack to the inner edge of his left eye lids.
The piece could benefit from a light cleaning. There is an area of dressing which has applied to the front surface of his jacket which is flaking off but does not appear to be covering damage.
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.
Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, December 1, 1977, lot 65
In February 1774 the sculptor John Cheere supplied Wedgwood with busts of Shakespeare, Plato, Homer and Aristotle at half a guinea each, Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, London,1989, Vol I, p. 450. A bust of this larger size was sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, January 15, 1976, lot 28.