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The roundels are based on frescoes discovered at Pompeii in the so-called Villa of Cicero. Wedgwood had direct access to the originals through the Marquess of Lansdowne. The highly finished works were formerly in the collection of Dr Terry Freidman, keeper of Decorative Arts at Temple Newsam and at Leeds City Art Gallery.

They are among the works of art spanning the Renaissance to Neoclassical eras which Tomasso Brothers Fine Art is taking to New York for its January exhibition, Important European Sculpture, to be staged at Carlton Hobbs Gallery on East 93rd Street from January 19-28. Prices range from $50,000 up to $1.5m.