Wedgwood Neoclassical Black Basalt Encaustic Enamel Campana

  • Crafted by Wedgwood, this Neoclassical campana vase draws from ancient Greek pottery
  • The vase is made from the black basalt and decorated with red and white encaustic enamel
  • Classically inspired, the vase features a Hellenistic musician holding a drum and tambour
  • Black basalt is largely considered one of the famed English pottery firm’s greatest innovation
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Item No. 31-0220

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This Neoclassical campana vase by Wedgwood is crafted from the pottery firm's greatest innovation — black basalt. Decorations of terracotta red and white encaustic enamel adorn the vase, including anthemion, floral swags and a Hellenistic musician bearing a drum and tambour. This same figure appears on the reverse of the famed "Hamilton vase" that resides in the British Museum (London), in an homage to classical motifs of ancient Greek pottery. Black basalt was developed in 1767 by founder Josiah Wedgwood and was inspired by the hard, natural stone known as Egyptian basalt.

Late 18th century

Stamped "WEDGWOOD" on underside of base.

9 1/8" diameter x 8 7/8" high

Provenance: The Starr Collection
Wedgwood Neoclassical Black Basalt Encaustic Enamel Campana
Maker: Wedgwood
Period: 18th Century
Origin: England
Type: Vases/Urns
Depth: 9.13 Inches
Width: 9.13 Inches
Height: 8.88 Inches
Style: Basalt

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