Cast after the antique, this jardinière is copied from the Roman prototype found at Pompeij which is today in the Museo Nazionale in Naples (L. Pirzio Biroli Stefanelli, Il Bronzo dei Romani, Rome, 1990, p. 155, fig. 110). With the excavations starting in 1738 at Herulaneum and in Pompeij shortly threafter a great interest in the artifacts found arose. Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720 - 1778) was one of the most prolific engravers to popularise the Roman style and taste. His engraving of the tripod was probably the source for the 19th century castors, such as Luigi Manfredi, who worked in Milan and cast the tripod now at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1813 and also that in the Schatzkammer in Vienna in 1811 (A. González-Palacios, Il Tempio del Gusto, Il Granducato di Toscana e gli Stati Settentrionali, Milan, 1986, vol. I, p. 257).
In the later 19th century such foundries as that established by the sculptor J. Chiurazzi in Naples circa 1870 continued to cast jardinières after the antique. Indeed the foundry specialised in manufacturing replicas of antiquities in the Museo Borbonico in Naples and this 'Trepied Isiaque' featured in the catalogue of 'J.Chiurazzi & Fils', Naples, circa 1900.