The Arabesque Bowl is one of the most beautiful and complex designs Wedgewood produced in the last half-century. They're small, but have as much (if not more decoration) than many larger, dry-bodied items. The decoration consists of four bands of sprigged decoration: the lowest band is of acanthus leaves and bellflowers, the next of a ribbon wound round a rod or shaft. The third is the "Arabesque" decoration, consisting of foliate spirals which are punctuated by two trophies and two oval frames, one containing two winged figures at a memorial, the other the allegorical figure of Hope, standing next to an anchor. The upper most register is a band of oak leaves and acorns.
What is truly amazing is the origin of this bowl: the design comes from a waste bowl made as part of an elaborate dejuner (tea for two) set illustrated on page 133 of Robin Reilly's "Wedgwood: The New Illustrated Dictionary". The whole set, made in the 18th century, is decorated with this complex program!
This example is in black basalt, which gives the high level of detail a lustrous shine.
The bowl is 5" in diameter at the top, 2.5" in diameter at the bottom and 2.675" tall.
Condition: as new, no wear or damage.
Mark: impressed Wedgwood marks, dated 1973.
Item ID: 3937
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