TWO WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT RECTANGULAR PLAQUES, 'BACCHANALIAN TRIUMPH' AND 'BACCHANALIAN SACRIFICE'  LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
TWO WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT RECTANGULAR PLAQUES, 'BACCHANALIAN TRIUMPH' AND 'BACCHANALIAN SACRIFICE'  LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
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TWO WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT RECTANGULAR PLAQUES, 'BACCHANALIAN TRIUMPH' AND 'BACCHANALIAN SACRIFICE' LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD

TWO WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT RECTANGULAR PLAQUES, 'BACCHANALIAN TRIUMPH' AND 'BACCHANALIAN SACRIFICE' LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

TWO WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT RECTANGULAR PLAQUES, 'BACCHANALIAN TRIUMPH' AND 'BACCHANALIAN SACRIFICE' LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY


modeled in high relief, 'Triumph' with fourteen bacchic figures slaughtering a goat, impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD to reverse and underside edge of scene; 'Sacrifice', with eight female figures and six putti figures dancing, five times impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD, framed.

Plaque widths 21 and 21⅛ in.

53.3; and 53.7

Condition Report

Overall both are in good appearance

The plaque with dancing figures, the standing urn to the far left of the panel and the raised corner probably restored. The putto figure on the back of goat with lower part of right leg probably restored, another putto's left foot probably restored.

The other plaque in good condition.

Both could benefit from a light clean.

The frames not guaranteed.


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

Bacchanalian Triumph: Kadison Collection, bearing label 

Catalogue Note

These plaques were copied from two bas-reliefs by Clodion and are first listed in the Wedgwood and Bentley 1773 catalogue. Claude Michel Clodion (1738-1814) was a contemporary of Josiah Wedgwood and his metal work forms were often emulated by ceramic manufacturers. Another example of a black basalt tablet of 'Bacchanalian Sacrifice'. from the Kadison Collection, and a white terracotta stoneware tablet of 'Bacchanalian Triumph'. in the Dwight & Lucille Beeson Collection, are illustrated in Reilly, Wedgwood, London, 1989, Vol. I, p. 486, no. 696 and p. 372, no. 493.

Wedgwood and Beyond: English Ceramics from the Starr Collection
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