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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 172

    A SWEDISH PINK GRANITE VASE OF MONUMENTAL SIZE

    CIRCA 1820-1840

    Price Realised  

    A SWEDISH PINK GRANITE VASE OF MONUMENTAL SIZE
    CIRCA 1820-1840
    Of campana form, the splayed rim above a gadrooned bowl on a fluted socle with an octagonal plinth, on a later associated simulated marble pedestal
    The vase 54 in. (137cm.) high; 28 in. (71cm.) diameter;
    The simulated porphyry pedestal 10¾ in. (27.5 cm.) high


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    This vase of unusual large size is made out of a pink Swedish granite which is often referred as 'porphyre de Suède'. Its size would indicate a important commission and was almost certainly a gift by Carl XIV Johan of Sweden who reigned from 1818 to 1844, and whose family owned the porphyry mines. The King is known to have presented similar pieces to a number of Napoleon's maréchaux. This includes a large tazza given to Etienne-Maurice Comte Gérard, Maréchal de France, offered by Christie's Monaco, 2 July 1993, lot 235. Princesse Cécile Murat's ties to both the Murat and Ney families, both of whom had originally been among Napoleon's foremost maréchaux and it is likely that this vase was a Royal gift to one of her ancestors.
    A monumental urn, also made of a very similar pale red 'granitell', stands outside the pavillion at Rosendal in Djurgarden just outside Stockholm, and is illustrated on the back cover of Porfyr, Stockholm, 15 December 1985 - 2 February 1986.

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    Provenance

    S.A. Princesse Cécile Murat (1867-1960), 28 rue de Monceau, Paris, née Marie-Cécile Ney d'Elchengen, daughter of Michel Ney d'Elchengen, 3rd Duc d'Elchengen and Margarite Furtado-Heine, married in 1884 Joachim Napoleon, 5th Prince Murat (1856-1932).
    Sold Me. Besanon, Paris, 1961.


    Saleroom Notice

    The catalogue description incorrectly mentions an associated simulated porphyry pedestal, this does not form part of the lot.