Description & Technical information

A pair of Italian neoclassical bronze vases. The vases, after antique roman prototypes, share the same composition- ribbed domed covers over a relief frieze with female masks at each side, with gadroons below resting on a round plinth decorated with a laurel band. The relief decorations with sacrificial tools and bucrania included a eagle with spread wings on Jupiter's lightning, lion heads, ox skull, Gorgons, the rayed Medusa, all arranged in a differing composition on each vase.

Date:  Rome 1811 circa
Period:  1750-1850
Medium: Bronze, Bronze with dark patina
Dimensions: 25 x 21 cm (9⁷/₈ x 8¹/₄ inches)
Provenance: North American collection
Literature: Alvar Gonzalez- Palacios, I Valadier, L'album dei disegni del Museo Napoleonico, Palombi Editori, Roma, pp.78; 82 (fig.1); 91.
Categories: Sculpture, Works of Art