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    Sale 5412

    The Sunday Sale : The Langford Hall Collection, Nottinghamshire - Property of the late Mr & Mrs Patrick Radford

    6 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 207


    Price Realised  


    Greek and Roman terra cotta vases: Six plates
    six etchings with hand colouring, one numbered 22 (upper right); three others numbered 43, 45 and 77
    The largest -- P. 15¼ x 28 1/8 in. (39 x 71.4 cm.)
    six in the lot

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    Pierre François Hugues, an authority on ancient art introduced Sir WIlliam Hamilton (1730-1803) to the Porcinari family, the owners of a large collection of ancient classical vases which Hamilton bought and enlarged, and then sold to the British Museum in 1772. Before their shipment to England, all the objects were listed, drawn and described under the supervision of the brilliant but unscrupulous 'baron'. The work was finely illustrated with hand-coloured engraved plates whose 'influence on neo-classical design and taste was to be profound' (Dictionary of Art). One of the explicit aims of the work was to discover the proportions of ancient vases in order to aid in their true reproduction, and indeed its influence on Josiah Wedgewood was significant.

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