|Description:||Wedgwood Bust of Mercury and Bust of Minerva Black Balsalt English Straffordshire Etruria 1790-95 attributed to J. Flaxman jnr|
|Origin:||Purchase in N.Y 25 years ago from antique dealer|
|Provenance:||I saw the Mercury Bust in the British Museum|
|Appraised By:||Leslie Canavan|
|History Of The Item:||Manufactured by Wedgwood & Sons in Etruria, England. According to the owner, the date of manufacture is ca. 1790s which is certainly plausible. This appraiser has not actually seen the marks, which may or may not confirm the date.|
|Appraiser Tips:||These large size Black Basalt busts are still very much collectible by upper level collectors. The classic personages especially so.|
|Research Sources:||Recent auction results Personal Knowledge previous sales|
|Appraiser Comments:||As with any auction result, the prices realized in an auction are always dependant upon who is "in the room". I believe that in an auction or other sale where there are collectors vyng to buy for themselves, these would bring $3,000 each in today's market. Certainly as a replacement value, this is the right price at minimum. If one were to be broken one would have to pay at least that much to replace it. I am not sure where the date was learned. If they were purchased from a reputable, knowledgeable dealer, then the dates should be accurate. The markings would also confirm same. In an auction setting with a large number of collectors wanting these, it would not surprise me to see them go over the $3,000 figure I mention. If one were in an auction filled with dealers wanting to buy for resale, the price would be lower. Right now there is a glut of good Wedgwood on the market with Skinner, Inc. about to sell two more collections and several upper level dealers exhibiting this week at the Baltimore Antiques Show. All this on the heels of a large Wedgwood sale earlier this summer at Skinner. My prices listed in the structured format herewith reflect a wide gap, but again, that's what the current market reflects.|
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