The Fine Sale | 22 November 2017
Two Wedgwood black basalt copies of the Portland or Barberini vase
Sold for £1100
Two Wedgwood black basalt copies of the Portland or Barberini vase , late 19th century, typically sprigged in white with classical figures after the original Roman cameo glass vase in the British Museum, impressed WEDGWOOD , 26cm & 26.5cm high
N.B. See accompanying letter from the Wedgwood Museum where they speculate that the vase with a small cut dash in the body next to the Wedgwood stamp could indicate the work of Thomas Lovatt who worked at Wedgwood from 1851 untill the early 20th century.
The original Roman cameo glass vase was bought by Sir William Hamilton, Envoy Extraordinary to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies from a dealer who had purchased it from the Barberini family who had owned it since the 17th century and in 1784 Hamilton sold it to the Dowager Duchess of Portland. The 3rd Duke lent it to Josiah Wedgwood to copy, who after four years of painstaking trials put the first example on display in 1790. There are two scenes about the vase with various interpretations including the marriage of Peleus and Thetis, Ariadne languishing on Naxos amongst several. The base with a figure wearing a Phrygian cap, possibly Paris. One the original vase, this disc was thought to have been added to cover an earlier break and is probably not original to it.
One has a glued handle and a firing cracks through the base and v shaped crack in one of the mask cameos beneath handle. The other with staining and wear to base and chip on edge of white cameo on base
Wednesday 22 November 2017, 10.00am
Sunday 19 November
10am - 2pm
Monday 20 November
9am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 21 November
9.00am - 4.30pm
Day of sale from 8.30am