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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 86

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III BLUE-JOHN AND WHITE MARBLE SOLID URNS

    CIRCA 1770

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III BLUE-JOHN AND WHITE MARBLE SOLID URNS
    CIRCA 1770
    Each with well-marked body, on a square plinth edged with slate and white marble
    Each 10¾ in. (28 cm.) high; 3½ in. (9 cm.) square (2)


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    This mantelpiece-garniture of plinth-supported and richly figured urns have bodies shaped as eggs that evoke Ovid's Metamorphoses and the history of Jupiter and Leda. This was a popular vase form in the ormolu-enriched manufactures, such as the bacchic 'goat-head' urns, executed around 1770 by Matthew Boulton (N. Goodison, Ormolu: The Work of Matthew Boulton, London, 1974, fig. 163, no. F).

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