The Exceptional Sale, which took place at Christie’s earlier in July, saw the record sale of a Wedgwood vase.
The highlight of the sale was a Wedgwood black First Day's vase, which achieved a world auction record for English pottery with the sale of a Wedgwood black basalt First Day’s Vase at $625,320, more than double its high estimate.
One of only four First Day vases to have been thrown by Wedgwood himself, and one which has passed through generations of the Wedgwood family before being auctioned at Christie’s…”
Wedgwood potted the vase on the opening day of the Etruria Factory in Staffordshire in June 1769.
A world auction record was also set for a work by the Komai studio, a pair of Japanese inlaid iron vases and covers, which sold over estimate at $392,040. Top lots included a Meissen white model of a great bustard, which originated from Augustus the Strong’s porcelain menagerie and a pair of ice pails, ordered by Catherine the Great of Russia, the most elaborate and expensive set ever produced by Sèvres, both of which each fetched $1,087,668.
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