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A Neo-Grec Jaune de Sienne marble, ormolu and patinated bronze urn
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A Neo-Grec Jaune de Sienne marble, ormolu and patinated bronze urn

BY G. SERVANT, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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A Neo-Grec Jaune de Sienne marble, ormolu and patinated bronze urn
By G. Servant, Third quarter 19th century
The vase shaped body flanked to the sides by a scrolling handle with mask terminal, centred to the front and back by a beast mask suspending a ring, on a waisted foot above a quadripartite pierced base decorated to the front and back with figures of Victory cast in low relief, the sides with stylised lotus, on splayed paw feet
18 in. (46 cm.) high; 16½ in. (42 cm.) wide; 12½ in. (32 cm.) deep
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The design for this urn, of which a pair were shown at the Paris 1867 Exposition Universelle is inspired by the discoveries during the 18th century of 'Antique' urns excavated at Pompeii and Herculaneum, which themselves were inspired by those of the ancient Greeks, now in the National Museum of Naples. The figures cast at the base are of 'Nike' (Victory in Greek) who according to Hesiod was the daughter of Pallas and Styx.

The Paris based bronzier Servant exhibited at the 1867 Exposition and a description of his display is discussed in both Jules Mesnard's, Les Merveilles de l'Exposition de 1867, Paris, 1867, pp. 167-168, and The Art Journal Catalogue of the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1867, London, 1867, p. 20.

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