A pair of Wedgwood busts of Endymion and Persephone???????,.........
Lot 21*
A pair of Wedgwood miniature busts, circa 1780-90
Sold for £875 (US$ 1,373) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pair of Wedgwood miniature busts, circa 1780-90
Representing Endymion and Persephone, both busts in white jasper raised on blue jasper turned socles, one impressed on the reverse 'ENDYMION', looking up to his right, the other, probably Persephone, looking down to her left, with indistinct impressed title, 6.8-7cm high, both impressed Wedgwood in lower case (2)

Footnotes

  • These two busts are related to an unlikely group of four busts depicting the French philosopher Denis Diderot, Minerva, Endymion and Ariadne. They were probably the items described in Wedgwood's 1787 Ornamental Ware catalogue as 'small busts with emblematic terms'. In this catalogue ninety busts of eighty-two subjects are listed. A series of four are in the British museum collection, illustrated by Aileen Dawson, Masterpieces of Wedgwood (1984) p.58, pl.45. A further set, upon tapering blue jasper plinths are in the Royal Collection at Windsor castle and are illustrated by Robin Reilly, Wedgwood (1995) p.83.
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