Bacchanalian Sacrifice Black Basalt Plaque by Wedgwood

  • This exceptional black basalt plaque by Wedgwood features a lively bacchanalian sacrifice
  • The design is based on a model by the famed French Rococo sculptor Claude Michel Clodion
  • The classical simplicity of the black basalt is perfectly suited to the mythological scene
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Item No. 31-0174

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This exceptional black basalt tablet by Wedgwood entitled Bacchanalian Sacrifice captures an ancient Roman sacrifice to Bacchus, the god of wine. The design is based on a model by Claude Michel Clodion (1738-1814), a French Rococo sculptor who modeled mythological scenes of nymphs, satyrs and Bacchanalian festivals in both sculpture and bas-relief. Wedgwood emulated a number of Clodion's designs, which were uniquely suited to the rich, smooth aesthetic of black basalt.

The material itself was inspired by the hard, natural stone known as Egyptian basalt, and has it proved especially suitable for casting tablets such as the present piece. In terms of quality and condition, this plaque exemplifies the careful attention to detail and high level of artistry for which Wedgwood’s black basalt pieces are known.

A similar tablet is pictured on page 486 of Wedgwood, Vol. I, 1989, by R. Reilly, while another is in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Late 18th/Early 19th century

Marked "Wedgwood"

Tablet: 9 1/2" high x 21 3/4" wide
Frame: 13 1/2" high x 25" wide
Bacchanalian Sacrifice Black Basalt Plaque by Wedgwood
Maker: Wedgwood
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Plaques
Depth: 1.75 Inches
Width: 25.0 Inches
Height: 13.5 Inches
Style: Basalt
Canvas Width: 21.75 Inches
Canvas Height: 9.5 Inches

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