Tag Archives: Neoclassical decor

Inspired Design: Encaustic Wedgwood and its Historical Origins

Left: Ancient Apulian Small Volute-krater, c. 380 B.C. (Lot 196, Estimate: $2,500-3,500). Right: Wedgwood Encaustic Decorated Black Basalt Volute Krater Vase, England, 19th century (Lot 302, Estimate: $5,000-10,000)

The Wedgwood factory’s beginnings coincided with discovering the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and the blossoming of the neoclassical style based on the architecture, art, and artifacts revealed through archaeological excavations.Read More

The Pugilists: Marble Statues After Antonio Canova Square Off

With looks of fierce determination on their faces, two boxers take a firm stance and raise their arms in defense, ready to fight. However, they will never lunge towards each other. Despite their rippling muscles and expressions of strength, these two men are in fact seven- foot-tall statues.

This pair of larger-than-life Carrara marble figures of boxers, known as pugilists, will be available in the European Furniture and Decorative Arts Auction at the Skinner Boston Gallery on July 19, 2014.… Read More