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Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Style: Neoclassical
Green Onyx Vase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Solid onyx vase. Lovely veining and color detail from greens to beiges and browns.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Onyx, Marble

Pair of Ruby Red Glass Urns with Portraits, Bohemia, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Both pieces show remarkable similarities (both in the quality of the color of the glass and of the decoration and in the lines of the same ones) with Bohemian red glass urns, especia...
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19th Century Czech Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Glass

Pair of Sevres Hand Painted Turquoise Porcelain Lidded Urns
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a pair of Sevres hand painted porcelain turquoise lidded urns. Both of them are depicting in the front a sea shore fishermen scenes. In one, a group of fishermen are preparin...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Porcelain

Pair of Tole Metal Flowers in Urns
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of neoclassical style tole metal flowers in urns with scrolled arms on plinth bases. Please note wear consistent with age including oxidation and patina throughout.
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20th Century Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Metal

19th Century Classical Bronze Urn
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A classical 19th century French bronze urn, having wonderful gilded putti seated on either side, with garlands of flowers hanging from a central pendant, raised on a pedestal base wi...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Bronze, Ormolu

Pair of Neoclassical Paris Porcelain Vases in Royal French Blue, Early 1800s
Located in Dallas, TX
This pair of Paris porcelain neoclassical style vases from the early 1800s have stunning details and rich coloration. Old Paris porcelain, or Vieux Paris, is the term given to the...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Marble

Planter Marble Red Swedish 19th Century Oval Sarkofag Shape, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Planter marble red Swedish 19th century oval sarkofag shape, Sweden. A planter or decorative vessel made during the 19th century in Sweden. Made from red marble and shaped like a sak...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Marble

A Ceramic 19th Century Red, Gold, Cream and Black, Grand Tour Amphora
Located in Armadale, Victoria
The lip with guilloch pattern, the shoulder with guilloch pattern over palmettes to a pair of gilt foliated rams head handles, the main scene on the body with female charioteer weari...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Large Italian Black Marble Bulbous Urn Or Garden Vase With Ormolu Gilding
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Large Italian 19th century black marble bulbous urn with ormolu gilded hardware Large Italian hand carved marble urn. The main body is carved in thick wide bulbous marble, a marbl...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Marble

Oval Silver Plated Monteith Jardinière, French, 19th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Oval silver plated Monteith bowl with loop leaf handles. Great as a jardinière or cachepot. Impressed mark on the underside, French, 19th century.
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1860s French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Silver Plate

Pair of English Neoclassical Style Cast Iron Garden Urns
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Matched large pair of English cast iron garden urns or jardinière planters styled in the neoclassical taste. The pair feature large handles on the sides and each is mounted to a squa...
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20th Century English Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Iron

Pair of French Neoclassical Burgundy Marble and Bronze Decorative Urns
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Neoclassical decorative urns made from globular, burgundy marble bodies nestled within decorative bronze cradles held by square bases, accented in two swooping bronze ...
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18th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Marble, Bronze, Metal

Wonderful French Dore Bronze Crystal Swirl Glass Ormolu-Mounted Baccarat Vase
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful French Doré bronze and crystal/ swirl glass ormolu mounted, vase in the manner of baccarat.
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1950s French Vintage Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Crystal, Bronze

Urns French Stone Grey Late 19th Century France
Located in New York, NY
A pair of urns made during the late 19th century in France.
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Stone

19th Century Neoclassical Crystal Baluster Urn
Located in Ross, CA
This crystal urn, with its exquisitely ribbed bowl and baluster shaft, was likely one in a pair and would be perfect for a floral centerpiece. Provenance: a chateau near Vienne, ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Crystal

Gilt Bronze and Marble Garniture, Clock Signed Raingo Fres, France, 19th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Gilt bronze and marble three piece clock garniture. Clock signed Raingo Fres. France, 19th century. Clock works. Clock dimensions: 71 cm height, 46 cm width, 22 cm depth. Candel...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Marble, Bronze

Amphora by L. Hjorth, Ronne circa 1870
Located in Greding, DE
Amphora model number 27B by Lauritz Hjorth (1834-1912) with depiction of a young shepherd, after a sculpture by Bertel Thorvaldson in Copenhagen, which he made in 1817: A Shepherd Boy.
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1870s Danish Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

1960s Italian Marble Campana Urn
Located in High Point, NC
A campana style urn from 1960s Italy. A neoclassical silhouette which evokes the landscape gardens of sun-soaked Italian villas, rendered in white marble, veined with grey. A flared ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Marble

Pair of 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Style Silver Urns or Porta Palmas
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning pair of 18th century neoclassical style Italian silver urns or Porta Palmas. This beautiful pair of Classic urns or garnitures are adorned with ram's heads. These would make...
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18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Silver Plate

Pair of Petite Painted Cast Iron Urns
Located in Wiscasset, ME
Unusal small sized pair of green painted cast iron urns. The paint is early and the patina is beautifully worn. There is one chip out of one of the bases, but it may have been a dent...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Iron

Magnificent Pair Royal Vienna Porcelain Covered Urns on Stands with Eagles
Located in New York, NY
A magnificent pair of 19th century royal Vienna covered urns on original stands with double eagle handles depicting neoclassical lovers and cupid. These ornate urns show scenes popul...
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19th Century Austrian Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Gold, Enamel

Limoges 'St Cloud 1725-40' Blanc de Chine Cachepot/Wine Cooler
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Limoges 'St Cloud 1725-40' Blanc de Chine Cachepot/Wine Cooler Charles Field Haviland, France, Reproduction of the original 18th century model, Circa 1970s, Retailed by the Metropol...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Porcelain

Urn Vase Marble Gray, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Urn marble gray, Sweden. An urn or vase made in marble in Sweden, 20th century.
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20th Century European Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Marble

Container French Marble Gray and White, 20th Century, France
Located in New York, NY
A large square container made in French during the 20th century. Made in gray and white marble.  
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Marble

Pair of Italian Porcelain Urns in Faux Malachite
Located in Chicago, IL
A stately and handsome pair of porcelain urns with Neoclassical motif handles and removable lid; marked “Italy” on underside. Circa 1980’s, Italy.
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1980s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Porcelain

Pair of Malachite Planter
Located in Warsaw, PL
Pair of Malachite Planter made of malachite stone, chiseled brass plated with 24 carats gold and 4 Egyptian porters made with oxydated brass carrying a chest with pharaonic decoration.
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20th Century French Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Malachite, Bronze

Pair of French Iron Garden Planter Jardinaire Urns on Stands
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Delightful matching pair of large French patio and garden planter jardinaire urns mounted on stands. Crafted from the thick iron wire into gracefully curved campana form urns. Each u...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Iron

French Enamel Perfume Bottle
Located in New Orleans, LA
Exceptional enameling adds an elegant touch to this exquisite French perfume bottle. Crafted with fine yellow gold accents, this petite perfume is beautifully adorned with feminine p...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Enamel

Neoclassical Style Marble and Bronze Vase by Gherardo Degli Albizzi
Located in Florence, Tuscany
This neoclassical style marble and gilt bronze vase by Gherardo Degli Albizzi are exceptional pieces of luxury design. Vases, which have an ovoid form, feature bulbous marble bodies ...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Marble, Bronze

19th Century Neoclassical Style Bronze Ormolu Ewers
Located in Hudson, NY
Impressive pair of French 19th century neoclassical style bronze and ormolu decorative design details ewers. Each one is in great condition. Minor wear consistent with age or use. Ea...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Ormolu, Bronze

19th Century French Bacchus Pewter Pitcher Center Piece Etains de Paris
Located in Labrit, Landes
Rare Bacchus Pewter wine pitcher 19th century center piece. Chimera at the junction of the handle and the pitcher. Three punches one punch with the coat of arms of Paris (ship on w...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Pewter

English Wedgwood Neoclassical White Jar with Lid
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful off-white cream ceramic jar with lid by Wedgwood, in the Neoclassical style, circa mid-20th century, England. With marker's mark on bottom as shown in image #12. Great as...
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Mid-20th Century English Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Rene Lalique Perfume Bottle
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Rene Lalique perfume bottle Circa 1910 Origin France For Coty perfume Frosted glass with sepia patina Rene Lalique molded signature perfect condition Can't open its lid.
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1910s French Vintage Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Art Glass

Rare Barbara Barry Baker 24K Gold Murano Glass Footed Centerpiece Bowl
Located in Dayton, OH
Early 20th century Murano glass footed pedestal centerpiece bowl infused with 24K gold flakes, from Baker Furniture’s Barbara Barry Collection. Measure:18".  
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Gold

Extremely Decorative Terracotta Urn
Located in Houston, TX
Extremely decorative terracotta urn hand-sculptured in a robust shape. Its detailed terracotta surface anointed by the attractive remnants of layers of old paint. Dates to the mid-19...
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Iron

Pair of Large Bronze Mounted Marble Garniture Urns
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Finely crafted large white and brown marble urns with patinated bronze mounts. The lids with artichoke finials, palmettes and acanthus leaves, attached to the necks decorated with le...
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20th Century Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Marble, Bronze

Amphora in Patinated Bronze, 20th Century, Lost Wax Casting
Located in Madrid, ES
On a staggered square base, the amphora is raised. The foot presents gallons, which are repeated in the body of the container; in it there are branches and grapes as well as palmette...
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20th Century European Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Bronze

19th Century Pair of French Tazza Urns in Carrara Marble
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique French pair of shallow white Carrara marble shallow Tazza urns, the handles contain detailed and carved interlaced snakes, in good condition. The base of the vases are dec...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Carrara Marble

Signed Pair Gilded Mintons Pate-Sur-Pate Caged Putti Footed Moon Flask Vases
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This charming pair of gilded olive brown Mintons pâte-sur-pâte footed moon flask vases feature a romantic caged putto motif executed in white slip on a black ground. The smiling plum...
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1890s English Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Porcelain

Fine Quality Pair of 19th Century French Porphery Urns
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A fine quality pair of neoclassical 19th century French vibrantly coloured Porphery urns, each with wonderful gilded ormolu mounts and handles of scrolling foliate and grapevine deco...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Porphyry, Ormolu

18th Century Louis XVI Pair of Marble Vases with Base
Located in PALERMO, IT
Magnificent pair of marble vases with coeval bases, made of "triponticum marble" also called red peacock eye. Rare type of marble used in ancient times also in the Roman Empire. Pair...
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Late 18th Century European Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Marble

Antique Gilt Bronze Mounted Cut Glass Clock Set
Located in London, GB
This graceful three-piece clock set is designed in a refined neoclassical style, which was fashionable in France in the 19th century. The set has been crafted from finely cut clear g...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Bronze, Ormolu

Wonderful Pair French Ormolu Pierced Bronze Crystal Glass Neoclassical Vases
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful pair french ormolu pierced bronze crystal/glass neoclassical lion filigree swag vases.
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20th Century French Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Bronze, Ormolu

Pair Fine Neoclassical Style Patinated And Gilt Bronze Urns On Pedestals
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Fine pair of Campana urns with gilt egg-and-dart rims, handles with ram's head attachments, and leafy bases on fluted gilt stemmed feet. The tall pedestals with gilt egg-and-dart led...
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Late 19th Century Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Bronze

Wedgwood Black Basalt Urns Made in England circa 1820
Located in Katonah, NY
We are pleased to offer this pair of Wedgwood early 19th century Black Basalt urns decorated with neoclassical scenes showing figures in oval medallions. The urns are further decorat...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stoneware

Chinese Crackle Glaze and Ormolu Lion Motif Urn
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Chinese crackle glaze and ormolu lion motif urn, large beautiful random Chinese crackle vase, with French ormolu mounts, with a 15" interior diameter, raised on a 7.5" square base.
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20th Century Chinese Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Ormolu

Pair of Wedgwood Light Brown and White Vases
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of Wedgwood light brown and white jasperware vases. Insides of vases have a shiny glazed finish. Decorated with different mythological scenes. Stamped on the underside.
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Mid-20th Century British Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Pottery

English Neoclassical Wedgwood Jasperware Blue and White Vase
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful blue and white English Wedgwood Jasperware matte stoneware vase in the Neoclassical style, England, 1967. All authentication markings' on bottom including; "Wedgwood" "...
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Mid-20th Century English Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware, Ceramic, Pottery

Pair Small Antique Black Classical Fluted Cast Iron Urns or Planters
Located in Stamford, CT
Small pair of antique classical fluted cast iron urns. Square base is 5.25 inches.
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1890s Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Iron

1900s Antique Old Copper Big Bucket Patinated Tub with Forged Iron Handle
Located in National City, CA
Tub Circa 1900s Old Copper Bucket Tub with forged iron handle. Perforated detailing. Patinated in fair condition. Bends dings + fabulous charm. 26 diameter 19.5 height, 30.5 height w...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Copper

Fine 19th Century Austrian Royal Vienna Porcelain Hand Painted Urn
Located in Dallas, TX
A fine 19th century Austrian Royal Viennese porcelain urn with hand painted classical scenes. Very fine detailed decoration.
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Porcelain

Pair of Antique French Neoclassical Verde Antico Marble and Ormolu-Mounted Urns
Located in New York, NY
Pair of antique French neoclassical or Empire Verde Antico marble and ormolu-mounted campagna-form urns. The base is decorated with two-toned ormolu matte and burnished 24-karat gold...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Marble, Ormolu

"Royal Vienna" Cobalt Urn with Museum Quality Paintings Artist Signed Wagner
Located in Boston, MA
"Royal Vienna" cobalt blue urn with museum quality paintings of Greek mythology of Paris and Helena artist-signed Wagner. The urn base has cobalt ground with raised gold decorations ...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Porcelain

Torch Vase, Wedgwood, circa 1820
Located in Melbourne, AU
A very tall and very striking tricolor torch vase, complete with cover. In neoclassical iconography, the torches symbolize marriage; hence the love-bird finial.  
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Early 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

First Edition Portland Vase, Wedgwood, circa 1793
Located in Melbourne, AU
Rarely does a first edition Portland vase come onto the market, and even more rarely such a perfect example. The model for this is the Portland vase in the British Museum, a spect...
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Late 18th Century English Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Pottery

Pair of Important Russian Gilt Bronze and Metal Vases
Located in London, GB
Pair of important Russian gilt bronze and metal vases Russian, circa 1820 Dimensions: Height 98cm, width 43cm, depth 38cm This monumental pair of vases are exquisitely crafted i...
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Early 19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Metal, Ormolu

Pair of Antique Wedgwood Black Basalt Ewers Emblematic of Water and Earth
By Wedgwood, John Flaxman
Located in New York, NY
A fabulous pair of antique neoclassical period early Wedgwood black basalt water and wine ewers emblematic of water and earth. These are a popular and well-known model of Wedgwood ew...
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1840s British Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Pair of French Classical Revival Bronze Vases by Barbedienne, c 1854
Located in London, GB
A fine pair of classical revival patinated bronze vases, designed by Henry Cahieux and cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne, on red marble bases with gilt bronze paw feet. Signed ‘Henry C...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases and Vessels

Materials

Bronze

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