Two drabware items from Wedgwood across the early 19th century. Each of these pieces speaks of a resolvedly classical influence as Wedgwood looked to the storied “etruscan” vessels fashionable in private collections for pattern & design. The drabware vase & candlestick are particularly rare examples, the ware only sparingly utilised by the company before being dropped at around 1860 — and now highly sought after for its uniquely earthy and neutral tone, produced through the use of Cornish clay with flint and nickel and made popular again by a contemporary revival from 1970 onward. Here the duo is delicately decorated with applied relief in lilac acanthus and white bellflowers. Provenance: Property of the Saint Louis Art Museum, Sold to benefit the acquisition fund.
Two Wedgwood Black Basalt Water Ewers, England, 19th century, each with Triton seated atop the shoulder and modeled holding the horns of a marine monster below the spout, foliate swags to either side, impressed marks, ht. 15 1/2, 15 3/4 in. Provenance: Property of the Saint Louis Art Museum, Sold to benefit the acquisition fund. Each in very good condition throughout with no evidence of any cracks, chips or restorations.