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Two Neoclassical style gilt bronze and malachite Campagna vases

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Origin France
Period 19th Century
Materials malachite, ormolu, gilt bronze
Dimensions
W. 8.66 in; H. 19.29 in; D. 8.66 in;
W. 22 cm; H. 49 cm; D. 22 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 19th Century
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description This pair of Campagna vases, which follow the form of Classical Greek originals (particularly the calyx krater), are of malachite and gilt bronze (ormolu). The vases, each of which is a single piece, have two elements within their forms: the vase itself and the plinth upon which it sits. The upper registers of the vases, which curve outwards, are lipped by gilt bronze edges cast with the motif of the classicising egg-and-dart pattern.

Below these bands are wreaths of gilt bronze vines laden with grapes, the symbolism of which serves to enhance the scene upon the main body of each vase: namely, a frieze of Bacchic revellers. These figures, which encircle the malachite bodies of each vase, are of gilt bronze. The lower bodies of each vase are defined by fluted gilt bronze, acanthus leaf motifs, and two handles. Each vase sits upon a gilt bronze gadrooned knop, which meets a narrow stem that flares into a fluted gilt bronze foot.

The plinths of the vases are decorated in a similar style with complementary motifs. The body of each plinth is of malachite, and the four sides are embellished with mounted gilt bronze lyres and wreaths. The malachite plinths terminate in splayed gilt bronze bases.
Styles / Movements Empire, Neoclassical, Traditional
Dealer Reference Number 16204
Incollect Reference Number 349966
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