Pair of Rare Large French Cast Iron Urns with Entwined Serpent Handles For Sale
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Pair of Rare Large French Cast Iron Urns with Entwined Serpent Handles


This large and very rare pair of modified tazza-form urns feature double-entwined snake head handles, beaded rims, third-lobed bodies and square feet. These urns stand alone as sculpture, having been redone in matte black paint with a waxed overcoat, but are also elegant planted up with topiary or flowers. They are shown atop a pair of simple modern steel pedestals painted black that are available for an additional charge of $2000. The urns are in very good antique condition overall, but do have an old, invisible repair to side of base on one urn; one urn has had a new center drainage pipe added and the bowl has been internally welded to the socle. Very minor surface rust appears in several spots on the rims that we are happy to sand and touch up for you. Unsigned, but reliably attributed to Val d'Osne, the famous French foundry, these urns are superb in all respects. Dimensions noted below are for the urns alone.


  • Production Time
    Available Now
  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1860-1875
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Minor repairs as noted in the body of the description.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 23.5 in. x W 29.5 in. x D 26 in.H 59.69 cm x W 74.93 cm x D 66.04 cm
  • Seller Location
    Woodbury, CT
  • Seller Reference Number
    CUR 1028
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
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Located in Woodbury, CT
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