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Sale IT209 Lot 2023

PAIR OF WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT RECTANGULAR PLAQUES, ‘BACCHANALIAN TRIUMPH’ AND ‘BACCHANALIAN SACRIFICE’ late 18th/early 19th Century, impressed uppercase marks, each molded in high-relief with Bacchanalian revelers, one depicting a procession of eight bacchantes and six putti making merry, the lead putto at the far right blowing a horn and riding a ram; the other with a Bacchanalian procession of fourteen satyrs and figures preparing a sacrificial ram before a central term of an ancient deity, a horn player and a lion at the far left, h: 9 1/4 x w: 21 1/8 in., within carved giltwood frames (2)

Provenance: With Harry and Roslyn Rose, 2008.
Jeffrey Milkins Collection, no. 520.

Catalogue Note:
See the Wedgwood & Bentley 1773 catalogue for first listing of these subjects, nos. 70 and 71. For a similar tablet of the ‘Bacchanalian Sacrifice’, attributed to Claude Michel Clodion (1738-1814), see the Birmingham Museum of Art, accession no. 1980.104. For another example, see The British Museum, accession no. 1911,1017.1. For both subjects in various materials reference, Robin Reilly, ‘Wedgwood’, Vol. I, p. 486, no. 696 and p. 372, no. 493.

Exhibitions: Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, ‘Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries’, 9 February 2020 – 3 January 2021, nos. 48.1 and 48.2.

Literature: Brian Gallagher, ‘Classic Black’, op. cit., exhibition catalogue, pp. 160-161, nos. 48.1 and 48.2.
Estimate $7,000-9,000

Sold for $3,500.00

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