A pair of Italian neoclassical bronze vases. Now in an important French collection.
A pair of Italian neoclassical bronze vases.
North American collection
Alvar Gonzalez- Palacios, I Valadier, L'album dei disegni del Museo Napoleonico, Palombi Editori, Roma, pp.78; 82 (fig.1);91
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.
In Italian temporary import.