Pair of large Neoclassical style ormolu mounted glass vases


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The ovoid, amphora-shaped body of each vase is wrought from gadrooned glass. Each vase sits on a glass waisted socle and culminates in a slender glass neck surmounted by a domed glass lid.

The ormolu mounts throughout are especially finely cast and finished. The base upon which each vase stands is a highly elaborate structure: square with canted corners, the base is mounted with a selection of ormolu forms, including medallions, fabric swags, acanthus leaves, and tassels.

From the circular ormolu acanthus leaf mount that delineates the socle from the body of each vase springs twin ormolu handles. Each elaborate handle is formed from an acanthus leaf wrapped column, upon which sits a lyre. The arms of each lyre gradually distort into acanthus leaves, which scroll ornately about the shoulders of the vase. Behind each lyre, seated upon the neck of the vase, is an ormolu putto.

Each vase is surmounted by an ormolu finial composed of two birds courting atop their nest and is set to the front of the body with an elaborate ormolu mount constituted from a variety of scrolling, foliate forms.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
20th Century
20th Century
Glass, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Clear, Gold


150 cm / 59.1 inches
53 cm / 20.9 inches


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