Bust of Minerva and Bust of Mercury

Date: Probably mid-1800s

Sculptural ceramic vessels and busts provided an opportunity to enliven interiors with works of art that proclaimed personal sentiments. These library busts represent mythological deities: the goddess Minerva (or Athena, to the Greeks) and the god Mercury (or Hermes). Minerva and Mercury’s classical qualities appealed to the culture of the late 1700s and 1800s that produced them, as well as to Julian Wood Glass Jr., who acquired them and featured them prominently in his personal library.

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Medium: Ceramic: black basalt (stoneware)

Inscriptions: Impressed on front of plinth: “MERCURY” “MINERVA” Mark: “WEDGWOOD”

Dimensions: H: 17 7/8 x W: 10 1/4 x D: 8 in. (Mercury); H: 18 x W: 10 1/4 x D: 8 in. (Minerva)

Place: Etruria, Stokeon- Trent, Staffordshire, England

Accession: 0990.1-2

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Ceramics - Stoneware

Tags: Black , Wedgwood , Factory , Roman , Gods