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Bacchus: MAR.C.7-1912

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Wedgwood (Factory)
After Sansovino, Jacopo (Jacopo d'Antonio Tatti) (Sculptor)


Black basalt, moulded. Bacchus stands on an oval straight-sided base. His weight is on his right leg and his left is extended behind. To the viewers left is a tree stump on which he rests his right hand which holds bunches of grapes and a goatskin with the head at the bottom.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Late 18th to 19th century
George III
After 1780 CE - Before 1860 1860 CE


After the marble made by Jacopo Sansovino (1486-1570) for Giovanni Gaddi in 1511-12, and now in the Museo Nazionale, Florence, but without the faun seated behind Bacchus.

The London plaster makers Hoskins and Oliver, supplied Wedgwood with a Bacchus in 1770, but it is not clear whether it was for this figure or the Bacchus after Michelangelo. Both were listed in the Wedgwood & Bentley Catalogue published in 1773. See Documentation.

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