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Sale IT209 Lot 2015

FOUR ENGLISH BLACK BASALT OVAL CAMEO-MEDALLION PLAQUES circa 1773, unmarked, attributed to Wedgwood & Bentley, each molded in the Renaissance taste with a mythological relief, including ‘War of Jupiter and Titans’, ‘Feast of the Gods’, ‘Marriage Supper of Perseus and Andromeda’ and 'Destruction of Niobe’s Children’, within an integral rouletted frame, the top with a pierced slot for suspension and corresponding bronze pin and ring, h: 8 x w: 11 in. (4)

Provenance: Skinner, Boston, 10 July 2010, sale 2513, lot 68.
Jeffrey Milkins Collection, no. 585.

Catalogue Note:
For an example of the 'Feast of the Gods', after a bas-relief by Guglielmo della Porta (c.1500-1510-1577), see Aileen Dawson, 'Masterpieces of Wedgwood in the British Museum', p. 37, fig. 25, accession no. 1878,1101.186. For two simply framed versions, circa 1785, from the Kadison Collection, see, Robin Reilly, 'Wedgwood', Vol. I, pl 692 and 693. Also reference Captain Maurice H. Grant, 'The Makers of Black Basaltes', pl. L, fig. 1 - 'War of Jupiter and Titans'.

Exhibitions: Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, ‘Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries’,
9 February 2020 – 3 January 2021, nos. 24.1 and 25.1 (2).

Literature: Brian Gallagher, ‘Classic Black’ op. cit., exhibition catalogue, nos. p. 108, no. 24.1 and p. 110, no. 25.1 (2).
Estimate $6,000-8,000

Sold for $3,000.00

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