"My mother was a very elegant woman. When a flying saucer landed on the lawn, she turned it over to see if it was Wedgwood." Joan Rivers
A very elegant and rare, early 19th century, English, Wedgwood, three colour jasper, bottle shaped lamp. A truly outstanding Wedgwood jasper lamp of formal, neo-classic style.
The lamp with a delicate, cream jasper, ground colour. The long, vase neck with applied mushroom pink, jasper beading, underhung with deep floral sage green swags, suspended from classical, mushroom pink, rams' heads. To the classical Greeks, the rams symbolised Zeus, supreme ruler of Mount Olympus and ruler of the pantheon of gods.
The shoulder of the lamp with a sharply modelled border of overlapping sage green, jasper laurel leaves and berries. The shoulder rim incorporating four, finely modelled heads of the god Bacchus, the god of wine and festival.
The lamp with four circular, mushroom pink, jasper medallions, the medallions framed in sage green jasper. The white jasper, bas relief subjects derived from classical Greek mythology.
The bas relief subjects shown :–
The Three Graces.
The dispensers of liberty, eloquence and wisdom. The bas relief originally modelled by Flaxman in 1773.
Nike and Warrior.
Nike carries a palm branch to symbolise victory. She stands to one side of the altar to Athena with a helmeted warrior on the other.
Psyche Wounded and Bound by Cupids.
Aphrodite, goddess of love and jealous of Psyche's great beauty, sent cupids to torment her.
The Baptism of Achilles.
The sea nymph Thetis dipped her infant son Achilles into the river Styx to give him immortality.
The circular base with a continuous border of sage green, stiff leafed acanthus. The lamp on a short socle supported on a circular base. The lamp seated in a custom made, understated, matte gold plated, bronze base. The lamp cap of custom made, matte gold plated, bronze. The lamp shown with a pleated, smokey mauve, silk shade suggestion.
William IV - Circa 1830
Overall height (including shades) 20"/51cm
Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications
The lamp shade shown is for photography purposes only.