• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 733

    AN ITALIAN ALABASTRO FIORITO COVERED VASE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN ALABASTRO FIORITO COVERED VASE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Of ovoid form, the circular lid with bud-shaped finial, above a waisted circular spreading socle with moulded border and a square plinth with associated Portoro marble edge
    28 in. (71 cm.) high; 14¼ in. (36 cm.) diameter


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    This impressive vase en forme d'urne cinéraire is closely related to two further examples of comparable proportions and shape, formerly in the Garde-Meuble and now in the Salon Rond at the Grand Trianon, Versailles (ill. in D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Grand Trianon, Meubles et objets d'art, Paris, 1975, p. 84).

    The present lot is almost certainly one of two vases given to Henrietta Louisa Ulrika, wife of Pehr Tham circa 1792. The vase is described in the Tham inventories as: '(...) an urn of oriental marble, a piece of 87 kilos' and is illustrated in the library of Dagsnäs in the early 20th Century (Slott och Herresäten i Sverige, vol. I, Dagsnäs, pp.60-74).

    The Thams were a wealthy and powerful family in late 18th Century Sweden. Dagsnäs, the family residence, was acquired by Pehr Thams in 1760. Part of the Swedish intellegenzia, the Thams revolved around the cultural and artistic circles of late 18th Century Sweden, their family residence boasting the most precious furniture, pictures and books.

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    Provenance

    By family tradition, given to Henrietta Louisa Ulrika (d.1816), wife of Pehr Tham (1737-1820) of Dagsnäs, c. 1792.
    Thence by descent in the Gyllenhaal family, to Lars John Carl Gustaf Gyllenhaal (b. 1918).