May 18, 2019 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


Grand Tour Wedgwood Jasperware Portland Vase

British, impressed Wedgwood mark, cream on Wedgwood Blue jasper, relief decoration at base, also known as the Barberini Vase, 10 in.



Modeled by Henry Webber and William Hackwood, this is a reproduction in jasper of the Portland or Barberini Vase, a first century cameo glass artifact, purchased in 1783 by Sir William Hamilton. The vase was then sold to the Dowager Duchess of Portland. Following her death, the vase went up for auction and was bought in June 1786 by her son, the third Duke of Portland, who immediately lent it to Wedgwood so that he might make a copy of the piece in jasper. The classical bas relief scene is thought to depict the myth of Peleus and Thetis (mother of Achilles). Each relief is individually made from a mold and applied by hand.

Provenance:Historic Bremo Plantation, Bremo, Virginia


good condition, accretion at one putto arm, minor typical cracks and separations at decoration (no losses), minor separations at handle returns (no apparent restorations), other minor wear, surface dirt

Estimate: $500 - $700
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