A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED PORPHYRY URNS AND COVERS ON STANDS
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A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED PORPHYRY URNS AND COVERS ON STANDS

MID-19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY ITALY

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A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED PORPHYRY URNS AND COVERS ON STANDS
MID-19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY ITALY
The domed covers above ovoid bodies, applied with twin serpent and foliate handles, the spreading socles and foliate-capped plinths on square bases; on later circular spreading plinths
The vases: 29 ½ in. (75 cm.) high; 18 in. (46 cm.) wide; 13 in. (33 cm.) deep
The plinths: 9 ¼ in. (23 cm.) high; 12 ½ in. (32 cm.) diameter
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Lot Essay

With their grand scale and fine decoration, these impressive urns of neo-classical form manifest the continued interest in the 19th century in gilt-bronze-mounted porphyry objects. Throughout the 18th century, luxurious works of art combining hardstones such as porphyry and gilt-bronze mounts were created for many of the era’s most sophisticated patrons. Often this gilt-bronze decoration incorporated serpent motifs which was inspired by ancient Roman vessels, and subsequently cast and chased to fit the sinuous forms of the rare hardstones. The serpent handles to the present urns could have been inspired by those on the celebrated pair of ormolu-mounted petrified wood covered vases formerly in the collection of Marie-Antoinette at Versailles (circa 1780) and today in the Musée Nissim de Camondo.

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