AN EXTENSIVE ASSEMBLED WEDGWOOD 'WREATHED SHELL' PART-DESSERT SERVICE, CIRCA 1820 AND 1864-82
naturalistically modeled, painted in tones of pink and pale yellow, comprising:
three Argonauta Argo comports and two Tellina Radiata stands,
a scallop-shell oval tureen and cover, three Anornia cream-bowls and covers with Serpula finials
and three Tellina Radiata stands, five Pholas Eustatius dishes,
a Tellina Radiata dish, forty-three Pecten Japonicum plates, three Pecten maxmium shallow serving dishes, twelve Pecten shell sweetmeat dishes,
and a dolphin form candlestick, impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD marks, some pieces with
three letter date codes, various letters, various numerals including 7035 and 01565 in iron-red or yellow enamel. 80 pieces
Minor stacking wear to plates overall.
Some glaze crazing throughout.
Otherwise all in good condition except:
two plates with two chips under rim
one plate with short crack to center
one plate with a large chip under the rim
one plate with a small rim chip
one plate with chips to foot and rim chip
six plates discolored and one also chipped
One sauce tureen cover broken beyond repair
one long oval shell dish withe handle restored
one long oval shell dish with a rim crack
tureen cover slightly ill fitting
tureen with a long crack from the rim and chip restuck on the interior
small chip to one of the dolphin's fins
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.
The Estate of the late Edith Kane Baker, New York, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, 28 October 1977, lot 176 (tureen and cover)
Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, 24 April 1982, lot 162-164 (a comport and stand and fifteen plates)
Sotheby's New York, 9 April 1999, lot 270 (two Pholas Eustatius dishes and the Tellina Radiata dish)
Earle Vandekar of Knightsbridge, New York, bearing label (the candlestick)
An engraved illustration of 'Wreathed shell' dessert pieces, that could decorated in colored washes or could be 'richly gilt', from the Shape Drawing Book (1802 watermark) is reproduced in Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, vol. II, p. 25, pl. 14, where the author also illustrates a selection of wares of this form in the white, pl. 13. The forms remained popular through the 19th century and appear in plate 15 of the 1878 illustrated catalogue of ornamental shapes, see Reilly, op. cit., p. 431, pl. 675.
A large service of this type decorated in a similar coloring was in the Garbisch Collection sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, 22 May 1980, lot 121