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Very Rare Wedgwood Arts & Crafts Barbotine Impasto Slab

 

• Condition: Good
• Price: £500 (approx $795)
• Ref: 05103

 

• Style: Arts & crafts
• Technique: Barbotine impasto
• Maker: Wedgwood
• Dimensions: 8" x 12"
• Date: circa 1885

 

A very rare impasto design from Wedgwood, featuring flowers (hydrangas?) and foliage on a faience quality handmade clay slab. Painted in three dimensions with slips and with a very tactile surface, eight colours, all in clays, so high fired and permanent. At near 3/4" thick it is a very substantial piece weighing over 5 lbs/2.2Kg and is too heavy for airmail.

Maureen Batkin reports that Halsey Ricardo designed tiled fireplaces for Wedgwood in the 1880s, Ricardo is of course noted for his work with Wm de Morgan & Co and one can see some similarity in the style.

Large chip just above bottom left corner, slender slice chip left edge top corner, a few other minor rim chips/wear and half a dozen surface chips but for the most part the surface is undamaged, perfectly clean and brilliantly glazed.

Verso rather grubby, plain slab, impressed Wedgwood,.

 

 

UK Special Delivery £525

EU Courier £565

US and World Courier £585

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