Description This pair of jasperware vases (with WAM 48.867) have a blue ground, and are decorated with a relief depicting the car of Venus with putti on clouds, they sit on jasper plinths. The handles are wrapped around with snakes in white. The relief of Venus in her chariot drawn by swans is after Charles Le Brun (1629-90), the French painter and principle decorative artist of the reign of Louis XIV. After many experiments Wedgwood perfected jasperware in 1775. The use of a shallow relief in white on a colored ground was inspired by ancient Roman cameo glass.
Provenance George R. Harding Collection, London, until 1911; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Maker's mark] With short incised line: WEDGWOOD
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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