Presented for sale is a rare late 18th century Wedgwood Black Basalt molded bas-relief plaque, titled "Bacchanalian Sacrifice." The plaque was first introduced in the Wedgwood catalogue of ornamental ware in 1773. It was designed after a bas-relief by French artist Claude Michel Clodion (1739-1814) who modeled numerous nymphs, satyrs, and Bacchanalian scenes in both sculpture and bas-relief. The plaque can be found in the book "18th Century Wedgwood" by David Buten, plate 103, as well as "Wedgwood I" by R. Reilly, plate 486.
The plaque has been set into a custom designed frame, which both protects and enhances the piece. The detail, as in earlier examples of Wedgwood is extraordinary. Pieces of early black basalt are highly prized by collectors. The plaque is a beautiful example of Wedgwood's earlier work and is in excellent condition, with some slight residue to be found in crevices. There is a impressed "Wedgwood" mark on the rim, as shown; ca. 1780-1800.
Size of Plaque: 19 3/8" Length, 8 1/2" Height
Size of Frame: 26 3/4" Length, 15" Height.
18th C. Black Basalt Wedgwood "Bacchanalian Sacrifice" Plaque