Ormolu Model of the Medici Vase
Ormolu Model of the Medici Vase Ormolu Model of the Medici Vase Ormolu Model of the Medici Vase Ormolu Model of the Medici Vase
Ormolu Model of the Medici Vase

Ormolu Model of the Medici Vase

  • This rare English krater vase is crafted entirely from ormolu
  • The piece was modeled after the ancient Medici Vase currently in the Uffizi
  • Mythological scenes of the Greeks at Delphi encircle the rare objet d'art
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Item No. 30-5783
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This exceptionally rare English ormolu vase is a stunning interpretation of the famed Medici Vase. The rich ormolu was well chosen for the production of the piece, beautifully accentuating the highly detailed bas-relief of the ancient original, which is currently held in the Uffizi gallery in Florence.

The original remains one of the most admired vases to have survived from antiquity. The monumental marble krater vase was crafted in Athens in the 1st century AD and was rediscovered in the Villa Medici (Rome) in 1598. It was not until 1780 that it was transferred from the famed villa to the Uffizi, where it remains today.

Since it was rediscovered, the Medici Vase was frequently the inspiration for a number of pieces crafted from marble, ceramic, silver, and bronze, such as this one. The bas-reliefs mimic the motif of the original, which depicts the Greeks at Delphi, including the legendary figures of Achilles, Ulysses, Agamemnon, and Iphigenia. The Neoclassical vase and plinth also feature delicately fluted handles issuing from bearded masks and ribbon tied wreaths, all of which contribute to the neoclassical air of this magnificent piece.

English, circa 1830

20 3/4” high x 7” wide x 7” deep
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:England
Type:Vases/Vessels
Material:Bronze
Depth:7.0 Inches
Width:7.0 Inches
Height:20.75 Inches
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