A pair of black basalte krater vases, Wedgwood, late 18th Century.

The compressed campana-shaped bodies are set with a pair of tall, stylised leaf-scrolled, loop handles, painted in encaustic white and terracotta with a palmette border on the waisted neck, between bands of double lines.

The bulbous lower sections set with bands of formal laurels and the handles with palmettes.

The inner covers are pierced with a concentric arrangement of different sized holes; the bases impressed Wedgwood, 17.6cm by 35.5cm.

A krater, usually deeper than these Wedgewood examples, was a large vase in Ancient Greece used for the mixing of wine with water.

The 1867 Burghley Inventory records : ‘Dining Room… A pair of black & red Wedgewood Ware Vases with handles & perforated Covers.’


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