Bacchanalian Triumph Black Basalt Plaque by Wedgwood

  • This black basalt tablet depicts a lively group of revelers at an ancient festival of Bacchus
  • Crafted by Wedgwood, it is based on a design by the French sculptor Claude Michel Clodion
  • The classical simplicity of the black basalt is perfectly suited to the mythological scene
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Item No. 31-0175

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This Wedgwood black basalt tablet depicts a lively group of revelers at an ancient festival of Bacchus. Entitled Bacchanalian Triumph, the scene is based on a design by the French Rococo sculptor Claude Michel Clodion (1738-1814), an artist renowned for his mythological scenes of nymphs, satyrs and Bacchanalian festivals such as this one. Wedgwood is known to have emulated a number of Clodion's designs, which were perfectly suited to the rich, smooth aesthetic of black basalt.

Developed in the 1760s by Josiah Wedgwood, black basalt was inspired by the hard, natural stone known as Egyptian basalt. Today, wares crafted of this unique stoneware are highly sought after by collectors

A similar tablet is pictured on page 372 of Wedgwood, Vol. I, 1989, by R. Reilly.

Late 18th/Early 19th century

Marked "Wedgwood"

Tablet: 9" high x 20 1/2" wide
Frame: 13" high x 24 1/2" wide
Bacchanalian Triumph Black Basalt Plaque by Wedgwood
Maker: Wedgwood
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Plaques
Depth: 1.75 Inches
Width: 24.5 Inches
Height: 13.0 Inches
Style: Basalt
Canvas Width: 20.5 Inches
Canvas Height: 9 Inches

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