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Wedgwood Black Basalt Library Bust of Mercury
Wedgwood Black Basalt Library Bust of Mercury
Wedgwood Black Basalt Library Bust of Mercury
Wedgwood Black Basalt Library Bust of Mercury
Wedgwood Black Basalt Library Bust of Mercury
Wedgwood Black Basalt Library Bust of Mercury
Wedgwood Black Basalt Library Bust of Mercury
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Wedgwood Black Basalt Library Bust of Mercury

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$7,850
Item No. 31-4246

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This model is attributed to John Flaxman, Jr., a celebrated English sculptor, illustrator and designer, considered a leading artist in the Neoclassical style in England. In this expertly rendered black basalt bust, Mercury, the fleet-footed Roman god of commerce, communication and transport, is depicted in a winged helmet on a waisted circular socle. Turned to the left, his profile is confident and youthful. The virtuosic treatment of Mercury's wavy mane is a testament to Flaxman's. . .
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This model is attributed to John Flaxman, Jr., a celebrated English sculptor, illustrator and designer, considered a leading artist in the Neoclassical style in England. In this expertly rendered black basalt bust, Mercury, the fleet-footed Roman god of commerce, communication and transport, is depicted in a winged helmet on a waisted circular socle. Turned to the left, his profile is confident and youthful. The virtuosic treatment of Mercury's wavy mane is a testament to Flaxman's artistry and Wedgwood's remarkable skill as a sculptor.

This 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 bust.

Impressed uppercase mark on back and socle.

19th Century

11 1/8" wide x 10 1/4" deep x 17 1/2“ high
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Wedgwood Black Basalt Library Bust of Mercury
Type: Figurines/Statuettes
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