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Black Basalt Figure of Voltaire by Wedgwood
- This exceptional black basalt figurine by Wedgwood depicts the great philosopher Voltaire
- The figure is based on marble carved in 1773 by the Swiss sculptor Jean-Claude Rosset
- A slightly earlier example by Wedgwood is in the collection of the British Museum
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The present work is executed in black basalt, a material that is considered one of Josiah Wedgwood's most revolutionary creations. First developed in the 1760s, this rich, smooth stoneware was especially suitable for casting and was used for a myriad of items, including vases, urns, and remarkable sculptural forms such as this portrait figurine.
Stamped “WEDGWOOD E” and “VOLTAIRE”
10 7/8" high x 5 1/2" wide x 4" deep