'Borghese' vases and pedestals

c1790 and later

Solid blue jasper with white jasper reliefs, each vase 50.3 x 27.5cm, each pedestal 31.5 x 26.7cm
Accession Number LL1023-6

'Borghese' vases and pedestals

These vases, the largest Josiah Wedgwood ever made in jasper, bear relief decoration following a wax model made by John Devaere in Rome in 1788. Devaere was copying the reliefs on the Borghese Vase. This was regarded by 18th century critics as, along with the Medici vase, one of the two finest ancient marble vases in existence.

While the relief decoration of Wedgwood’s vases follows closely that of the original, their form does not. The Borghese Vase is now in the Louvre in Paris.