A late Victorian silver jardinière modelled as "The Warwick Vase", by W. Gibson & J. Langman, London 1896,  (2)
Lot 78
A late Victorian silver jardinière modelled as "The Warwick Vase", by W. Gibson & J. Langman, London 1896, (2)
Sold for £18,600 (US$ 30,393) inc. premium

Lot Details
A late Victorian silver jardinière modelled as "The Warwick Vase",
by W. Gibson & J. Langman, London 1896,
campana-shaped, the sides in high relief with Classical heads above lions' pelts, a band of fruiting vines above, upon a pedestal base, with cross-over side handles, bead ovolo rim, together a wooden plinth, height 26cm, diameter 37.5cm, weight 164oz. (2)

Footnotes

  • The 'Warwick' vase is based on a Roman white marble vase discovered in Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, excavated and acquired by Gavin Hamilton in 1771. It was in a poor state of repair and sold to Sir William Hamilton. Once extensively repaired and restored, Hamilton attempted and failed to sell it to The British Museum.

    Images of the dramatic vase were published by Piranesi and Hamilton had it sent to his nephew, George Greville, 2nd Earl of Warwick, in whose care its reputation began to grow. It became known as the Warwick Vase and was, initially, kept in the grounds of Warwick castle. The Earl of Warwick later housed it in a specially constructed greenhouse and it was widely visited and admired.

    After many years, The Earl finally allowed Lord Lonsdale to make moulds with intention to have a full size replica made in silver. Finally it was agreed the the Royal Goldsmiths and Jewellers, Rundell and Bridge, would be commissioned to create solid silver versions. During the Victorian period, many different versions, sizes and proportions were produced.
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