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Grecian Sphinx: MAR.C.8-1912

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Titles

Grecian Sphinx

Maker(s)

Wedgwood (Factory)
After Adam, Robert (Designer)

Description

Black basalt, moulded. The sphinx crouches on a rectangular pedestal, with its forepaws extended at the front, and its tail curled over its hind quarters. It wears a semi-circular headdress, a bodice, and a saddle blanket, which falls down onto the base. Underneath there is a large circular hole surrounded by four small holes, with a medium-sized hole to the right.

Notes

History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 23 cm
Length: 31.8 cm

Relative size of this object

31.8 cm23 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Neoclassical
After 1800 CE - Before 1900 CE

Note

Wedgwood's sphinxes were modelled during the autumn of 1769 (see Wedgwood MS E.25 18289), and both the Egyptian and Grecian types were listed in the 1773 Wedgwood & Bentley Catalogue, the latter in two sizes, of which this is the larger size. They are also mentioned in the 1779 Wedgwood & Bentley Catalogue. See Documentation.

School or Style

Neoclassical

Materials used in production

Black basalt

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Black basalt, moulded

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On the underside
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: in brown

  • Text: 461
  • Location: On the underside
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Text: 16/
  • Location: On one long side of the pedestal
  • Method of creation: Inscribed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.8-1912
Primary reference Number: 11167
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 29 November 2018 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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