19th Century Pair of Neoclassical Bronze Grand Tour Vases on Marble Bases
Bronze Grand Tour 'Townley Vases' on marble bases. The handles of the volute krater (mixing vessel; particularly used for watering down wine) terminate at the base in pairs of duck’s heads. A double palmette appears on the outsides of the handles, between the volutes. The vases are supported on marble plinths. These vases are in good condition for their age with good patination. The original Roman vase known as 'The Townley Vase' dates from the 2nd Century AD, it was discovered at the Villa of Antoninus Pius in Monte Cagnolo, Italy by Gavin Hamilton in 1773, he being the Italian agent for Charles Townley the famous antiquities collector, the original vase later bought by the British Museum in 1805.
Height: 14.5" x Width: 6.25" x Depth: 6.25"
Good original vintage condition for their age with good patination. Wear consistent with age and use. They could be polished to a high sheen for an additional charge, but we believe the patina looks great as is.
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