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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 2

    A PAIR OF EARLY VICTORIAN BLACK ASHFORD SLATE VASES

    ATTRIBUTED TO THE ASHBOURNE MARBLE WORKS, MID-19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF EARLY VICTORIAN BLACK ASHFORD SLATE VASES
    ATTRIBUTED TO THE ASHBOURNE MARBLE WORKS, MID-19TH CENTURY
    Each of campana vase form, the waisted body etched with signs of the zodiac, on a square plinth
    12¾ in. (31 cm.) high; 4 in. (10 cm.) square (2)


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    The Grecian-black Derbyshire marble urns reflect the eclectic antique manner promoted by the Birmingham industrialist and vase-manufacturer Matthew Boulton (d.1809). This present pattern, with the addition of handles, evolved from Boulton's celebrated 1770s Bacchanalian marble vase, which in turn derived from the earlier vases of the Roman bronzeworker Giacomo Zoffoli (d.1785) and ultimately from the marble Gaeta antiquity invented by Athenian sculptor Salpion. (see N. Goodison, Ormolu, London, 2002, pp. 319-323). The pattern may have been introduced at the Derbyshire Black Marble Works, while under the management of John Mawe (d.1829), who manufactured Engraved Black Marble Ornaments, Chimney-Pieces etc. (see J.M. Tomlinson, Derbyshire Black Marble, 1996).

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