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Collection Wedgwood Black Basalt Vases


A collection of Wedgwood black basalt vases all decorated with classical figures raised in relief. The group consists of: The collection consists of a pair of early 19th century covered vases, a pair of early 19th century urns, and a pair of 20th century vases 1) Pair of Wedgwood black basalt covered vases A pair of Wedgwood early 19th century black basalt covered vases decorated with neoclassical figures in oval medallions. The vases are further decorated with floral festoons and goat head handles, all set atop antique square wood bases. Made in the beginning of the 19th century the covered vases have pierced covers. They stand 18 1/2 inches tall including the attached stands. The bottom of each vase is marked "Wedgwood". Dimensions: 18.5 inches tall x 7.5 inches at the widest point Condition: Excellent Price: $10,500 2) A pair of mid-19th century Wedgwood black basalt campana shape urns with neoclassical decoration of figures and a design of anthemion and palmette leaves. The urns have simple upturned loop handles. The figures are expertly carved in bas-relief. The motif and forms derive from the Borghese vase which is now in the Salle des Caryatides of the Louvre. The bottom of each urn is marked "Wedgwood". Dimensions: 12 inches tall x 10.5 inches diameter Condition: Excellent Price: $6800 3) Pair of Wedgwood black basalt mantle vases This pair of Wedgwood double handled mantle vases has a truly classical shape and decoration. The expected Wedgwood molded design is finely executed. Around the center of the vases we see figures in relief wearing classical dress. Below the figures are bands of acanthus leaves in the neoclassical style. Each vase is raised from a square base decorated on all four sides with a flower and acanthus leaves. The classical meaning associated with the acanthus leaf is that of enduring life. The slender form of these vases (11.25" tall x 4.25" diameter) enables them to work as either part of a group, or alone on a mantle. Dimensions: 11.25" tall x 4.25" diameter Condition: Excellent Price: $2200 The entire group is elegant and graceful. Individually these three pairs of vases stand on their own. But together as a collection they make a strong statement! Condition of the collection: Excellent Price for the collection: $19.500 History Black basalt was created by Josiah Wedgwood in the 18th century. Before Wedgwood’s innovation the English potters used material found in the ground around local coal deposits to make Egyptian Black. He transformed Egyptian Black, a traditional Staffordshire stoneware into black basalt. Wedgwood used the native materials but added manganese to obtain a richer black for his black basalt.  


  • Condition
  • Dimensions

    H 18 in. x Dm 7.5 in.

    H 45.72 cm x Dm 19.05 cm

  • Diameter
    7.5 in. (19.05 cm)
  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
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About Wedgwood (Manufacturer)

Arguably the most celebrated of all English ceramics makers, Wedgwood was founded in 1759 by Staffordshire potter Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795). The company is famed for its Jasperware — molded Neoclassical stoneware vases, plates and other pieces, inspired by ancient cameo glass, featuring white figures, scenes and decorative elements set in relief on a matte colored background. The best-known background hue is light blue, but Wedgwood’s iconic silhouettes also appear on green, lilac, yellow, black and even white grounds. Some pieces use three or more colors.

     The Wedgwood firm first came to prominence for its tableware, which quickly gained favor in aristocratic households throughout Britain and Europe. In 1765, Wedgwood was commissioned to create a cream-colored earthenware service for Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III. The queen was so thrilled with her new china that Wedgwood was given permission to call himself “Potter to Her Majesty,” and the decorative style became known as Queen’s Ware. Not to be outdone, Catherine the Great of Russia commissioned her own set of Wedgwood china in 1773. Nearly 200 years later, the firm created a 1,200-piece service for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In recent years, leading designers including Jasper Conran and Vera Wang have collaborated with Wedgwood — in the tradition of such distinguished 18th century artists such as the painter George Stubbs and metalsmith Matthew Boulton.

     From plates and other dinnerware to decorative items like urns, cachepots and candlesticks, Wedgwood designs lend a traditional air to Anglophile interiors. And even if you have to make your own tea, you may find it comforting to sip it from a delicate cup that was manufactured in the same Stoke-on-Trent kiln that produced Her Majesty’s tea service. Be sure to keep your pinky raised.

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