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A SWEDISH ORMOLU-MOUNTED PORPHYRY ('RANNAS') COVERED VASE
A SWEDISH ORMOLU-MOUNTED PORPHYRY ('RANNAS') COVERED VASE

CIRCA 1800, THE PORPHYRY ÄLFDALEN (ELFDAL)

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A SWEDISH ORMOLU-MOUNTED PORPHYRY ('RANNAS') COVERED VASE
CIRCA 1800, THE PORPHYRY ÄLFDALEN (ELFDAL)
Of urn shape, the domed lid with acorn finial, the spreading neck and tapering body flanked by rams' heads, above a spreading circular beaded foot and square base
13 in. (33 cm.) overall

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A design for a porphyry vase of this shape was included as no. 3 in the 1799 designs for vases executed by the Court ciseleur Ludvig Rung and also appears in two variants in the 1805 catalogue (ill. Porphyre La Pierre Royale, Paris, 1990). A closely related vase with eagle heads handles is illustrated ibid, Paris, 1990, no. 6.

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