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Large and unique Wedgwood black basalt porcelain bowl decorated with classical Greek or Roman women in the "Dancing Hours" pattern.
The bowl is quite unusual in that it is a presentation piece and a bit of San Francisco, California - British history. This bowl was given to Mayor Joseph Alioto (the 36th mayor of San Francisco) in 1971, by the Mayor of Stoke On Trent (where the Wedgwood factory is located) in honor of 'British Week'.
There is a gilded presentation around the interior rim which reads:
" TO THE MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO WITH CIVIC GREETINGS FROM THE LORD MAYOR OF STOKE-ON-TRENT BRITISH WEEK 1971 "
The bowl is also signed with impressed marks on the bottom for Wedgwood and a manufacture date mark for 1970.
Diameter - 10" / Height - 4.25"
This piece is quite beautiful and detailed, and no doubt it was picked as a high quality example since it was to be presented to an important person and would be representing the home city of the Wedgwood factory.
The bowl features a body of black 'Basalt' porcelain and is decorated with applied classical figures of dancing women in a continuous pattern around the exterior, within borders of acanthus leaves and foliage. The women and border decoration are in high relief and the combination with the black surface of the basalt porcelain, gives a beautiful and elegant effect.
The gold leaf presentation inscription is only visible when the bowl is below eye level and is quite attractive as well as historic.
This piece is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. It is almost 45 years old and only has slight wear to the foot and exterior. No chips, no hairlines, no restorations.
A historic and unique piece of Wedgwood porcelain.
"British Week in downtown San Francisco, was held from October 1-9, 1971. It was the biggest commercial and cultural event ever to be
staged in the United States, and included pageantry, music, color and
There has been intensive planning, and a team of British Government
officials have been here since March working on details, with office
space at 120 Montgomery Street. They are working
in close cooperation with the British Consul General.
The prime purpose of British Week is for downtown stores and
shops to sell British consumer goods over the counter to the thousands
of extra customers who will be drawn here by a skillfully and well
prepared "Buy British" promotion.
PLEASE NOTE :
The low opening offer, with , is not meant to reflect upon the actual monetary value of the piece. My sales are structured this way to encourage offerding and to allow the final sale price to be determined by the buyers.
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This item will be a museum quality addition to any collection of English - British porcelain or pottery and will display beautifully in any Mid Century Modern, Eames Era, Classical, Neoclassical, or Arts and Crafts decor.
This object comes from a smoke-free, pet-free environment and it will be carefully packed and shipped for quick and safe arrival to its new owner.
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Shipped from Brisbane, California, USA. International shipping by USPS.
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Rare Wedgwood Basalt 'dancing Hours' Presentation Bowl/ San Francisco-california: $530