Review and Onsite Photos by Rick Russack, Additional Photos Courtesy Skinner , Inc MARLBOROUGH, MASS. All the marquee items sold and at strong prices,” said Stuart Slavid, senior vice president at Skinner, after the firm’s July 15 sale of European furniture and decorative arts.

Dating black wedgwood video

The iconography of the original black-and-white cameo-cut glass vessel remains a mystery, though many interpretations have been offered.

A recent theory is that the frieze depicts (as the vessel is turned) Peleus entering to meet Thetis in the presence of her parents and Aphrodite and that the vase was made as a wedding present for the Emperor Augustus's daugher Julia on her marriage to Marcus Claudius Marcellus, her cousin, in 25 B. Wedgwood continued to issue editions of the vase throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Après avoir brièvement retracé l’histoire du vase original et évoqué quelques-unes des hypothèses tentant d’expliquer les bas-reliefs qui l’ornent, je souhaiterais montrer comment Josiah Wedgwood s’est saisi de cette œuvre à des fins scientifiques, commerciales et pédagogiques et comment sa copie, célébrée jusque dans un poème, a contribué à propager et entretenir la fascination qu’exerçait l’original. The story of the original vase will be evoked, along with a few theories that try to explain the meaning of its bas-reliefs.

Then I shall discuss the different reasons why Wedgwood attempted to make copies of this vase and show why this attempt was a bold technical and commercial manoeuvre.

The Wedgwood story began in 1759, when Josiah Wedgwood, aged just twenty-nine, started as an independent potter in Burslem, Staffordshire, England.

He began to experiment avidly with clay, exploring its many possibilities.

These are without a doubt the best examples made by Wedgwood’s hand, as they are the only ones that match the complexity of the original, particularly in the superior shading of the cameo.

The present version, which is numbered 22, is the last known example still in private hands; it was made for and owned by the Dowager Duchess of Beaufort, one of the original subscribers.

, this exceptional Portland Vase is perhaps the greatest piece of ceramics to come on the market in recent decades.