• Christie's Interiors - Style & auction at Christies

    Sale 5924

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    22 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 515

    A PAIR OF BRONZE MODELS OF CLASSICAL VASES

    PROBABLY ITALIAN, SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF BRONZE MODELS OF CLASSICAL VASES
    PROBABLY ITALIAN, SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    After the Antique, one after the Medici vase
    14 5/8 in. (39.7 cm.) high (2)


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    The Medici Vase, which depicts the sacrifice of Iphigenia, was first listed in an inventory of the Villa Medici in Rome in 1598. It was moved to Florence in 1780 and was on display in the Uffizi until 1800 when it was taken to Palermo so that it would avoid the fate of the Borghese Vase. Although apparently never displayed together, the vases were subsequently paired by grand tour artists. They were considered to be the greatest vases from antiquity and were both referred to as being by the hand of the Attic master, Phidias.

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