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Grecian Sphinx: MAR.C.8-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Grecian Sphinx


Factory: Wedgwood
Designer: Adam, Robert (After)




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.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 23 cm
Length: 31.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


After 1800 CE - Before 1900 CE


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.

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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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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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