Wedgwood Neoclassical Black Basalt Encaustic Enamel Amphora

  • This striking Neoclassical amphora vase was crafted by Wedgwood in the firm’s famed black basalt
  • Classical scenes recalling Greek myth are featured in exquisite detail on the base of this amphora
  • Red and white encaustic enamel decorates the entire vessel in a recreation of Ancient Greek pottery
  • Black basalt is largely considered one of the famed English pottery firm’s greatest innovation
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Item No. 31-0222

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Crafted by Wedgwood, this stately Neoclassical amphora vase is comprised of black basalt — largely considered the pottery firm’s greatest innovation. Terra-cotta red and white encaustic enamel bands of anthemion, or palms, decorate the entire piece, from lip to handle, vessel to base. Classical scenes depicting Hellenistic myth are featured in exquisite detail on the vessel in a clear homage to Classical motifs of Ancient Greek pottery. Black basalt was developed in 1767 by founder Josiah Wedgwood I with the firm’s foundational motto, “Black is Sterling and will last forever.”

Circa 1800

Stamped "WEDGWOOD" on underside of base.

9" wide x 9" deep x 17 1/2" high

Provenance: The Starr Collection. 
Wedgwood Neoclassical Black Basalt Encaustic Enamel Amphora
Maker: Wedgwood
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Vases/Urns
Depth: 9.0 Inches
Width: 9.0 Inches
Height: 17.5 Inches
Style: Basalt

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