An important Wedgwood and Bentley 'encaustic' black basalt plaque circa 1770,

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Lot 167
An important Wedgwood and Bentley 'encaustic' black basalt plaque
circa 1770,

Sold for £ 31,200 (US$ 42,801) inc. premium
An important Wedgwood and Bentley 'encaustic' black basalt plaque
circa 1770,
Of rectangular form, possibly painted at the Wedgwood and Bentley decorating studio in Chelsea, the centre painted in grey monochrome with Cupid playing a lyre and riding a fierce and well-muscled lion, within a white enamel border delicately overpainted in terracotta with a band of anthemions, reserved on a terracotta ground, a more severe neoclassical border around the edge of the plaque, 18.4cm x 27.6cm, unmarked

Footnotes

  • The so-called 'encaustic' painting style was developed by Wedgwood and patented in 1769. The aim was to imitate the matt surface of Greek and Italian vases. According to the 1779 Wedgwood and Bentley catalogue, the 'encaustic' colours had 'all the Advantages of Enamel, without its essential defects'. The First Day's vases of 13 June 1769 were painted using the same process and were done at the Chelsea decorating studio under Thomas Bentley's supervision. As this lot is unmarked, it is likely to have been made prior to 1772 and thus will also have been painted at Chelsea. Very few of these plaques or 'tablets' are known and none appear to be recorded in the literature
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