C1870 Bronze Warwick Vase

$1,250.00


This 19th century Warwick Vase stands in a turned wooden socle. All up, it is 18.5 cm tall, and 21 cm wide at the handles. The bronze has a good dark brown patina with paler highlights.

The Warwick vase is an ancient Roman marble vase with Bacchic ornament that was discovered at Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli about 1771 by Gavin Hamilton, a Scottish painter-antiquarian and art dealer in Rome. The vase was found in the silt of a marshy pond at the low point of the villa's extensive grounds, where Hamilton had obtained excavation rights and proceeded to drain the area. Hamilton sold the fragments to Sir William Hamilton, British envoy at the court of Naples from whose well-known collection it passed to his nephew George Greville, 2nd Earl of Warwick, where it caused a sensation.

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