A pair of engraved vases with classical maidens
Lot 263
An impressive pair of French glass vases, circa 1860-70
Sold for £1,875 (US$ 3,151) inc. premium
Lot Details
An impressive pair of French glass vases, circa 1860-70
Of slender amphora shape with flared faceted necks and spreading feet, intaglio-engraved with figures of maidens, one holding a young owl and a single flower, the other holding aloft a flaming torch, the figures flanked by intricate scrollwork linked by jewelled festoons, various formal borders, 42.5cm high (2)


  • The images are taken from Raphael's Hours of the Day and Night frescoes in the Vatican. The First Hour of Day carries a torch to waken the sleepers and a bouquet of roses with which she daily adorns the southern gate of heaven. The First Hour of Night bears in one hand the sleep-inducing poppyheads, in the other an owl, guardian of the night.
  1. Nette Megens
    Specialist - European Ceramics
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    United Kingdom
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