Wedgwood Black Basalt Library Bust of Mercury

  • This expertly rendered black bust depicts Mercury, Roman god of commerce
  • The model is attributed to John Flaxman, Jr., celebrated English sculptor, illustrator and designer
  • Flaxman is considered a leading artist in the Neoclassical style in England
  • Black basalt is considered one of Josiah Wedgwood's most revolutionary creations
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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 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
Wedgwood Black Basalt Library Bust of Mercury
Maker: Wedgwood
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Figurines/Statuettes
Depth: 10.25 Inches
Width: 11.13 Inches
Height: 17.5 Inches
Style: Basalt

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