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Neoclassical Vases

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
Tiffany American Modern Classical Sterling Silver Vase
Located in New York, NY
Modern Classical sterling silver vase. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York, ca 1913. Ovoid body with short inset neck and raised foot. Engraved and acid-etched stylized ornament: Imbri...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Vases

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Sterling Silver

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

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Marble

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

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Marble

Mid-Century German Crystal Noritake Vase with Etched Geometric and Leaf Motifs
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a side table or enfilade with this elegant antique vase. Crafted in Germany circa 1960 of the Hampton Hall line, the tall neoclassical vase sits on a round base and embellis...
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Mid-20th Century German Neoclassical Vases

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Crystal

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

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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

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Ceramic

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

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Crystal, Bronze

Pair of Carrara Marble Medici Vases or Urns
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of large and elegant vases or Medici urns, in Carrara marble, with carved decoration in a gallon shape.
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Early 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Vases

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Carrara Marble

Greek Neoclassical-Style Terracotta Urn
Located in Pasadena, CA
This a wonderful large mid-20th century"Grand Tour" urn or Amphora. The urn is beautifully decorated with classical figures and is in overall very good condition. This a great unique...
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Late 20th Century Greek Neoclassical Vases

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Terracotta, Paint

Creamware Pair of English Flower Holders, 18th Century circa 1780
By Neale & Co.
Located in Katonah, NY
WHY WE LOVE IT: One of our absolute favorites! A pair of 18th-century creamware flower holders complete with stands and covers made in England by Neale & Co. was one of the finest 18...
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Late 18th Century English Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Creamware

Portland Vase, Northwood, Wedgwood, circa 1880
Located in Melbourne, AU
One of the finest copies of The Portland Vase that Wedgwood produced, in many ways rivalling the First Edition itself. Decorated by Thomas Lovatt, then cut, polished and shaded b...
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1880s English Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Pottery

Large Pair of French Antique Ormolu-Mounted Cut-Glass Vases Fitted as Lamps
Located in London, GB
A fine large pair of cut glass vases fitted as lamps, Each with ovoid cut glass body flanked by winged swan handles, raised on square ormolu base with four paw feet.      
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Cut Glass

Pair of Louis XVI Gilt Bronze Cassolettes Attributed to Pierre Gouthière
By Pierre Gouthiere
Located in London, by appointment only
An exceptional pair of ormolu cassolettes, the circular lids with berry finials, located within agate burnished bowls supported on curved legs, and bacchanalian masks tapering to ram...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Ormolu

Portland Vase, Full Sized, Wedgwood, circa 1845
Located in Melbourne, AU
A full-sized Portland vase in cobalt jasper dip. This is the 'undraped' version, meaning it follows the original, rather than having draperies strategically placed. A superb exam...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Pottery

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

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Crystal

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

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Metal, Ormolu

Pair of English Neoclassical Style Iron Garden Urns
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Magnificent pair of English neoclassical revival garden urns or jardinières crafted from cast iron. The urns are decorated with Greco-Roman figures with a fluted column base. Beautif...
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20th Century English Neoclassical Vases

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Iron

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

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Pottery

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

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Gold

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

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Bronze, Ormolu

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

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Pewter

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

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Pottery

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

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Stoneware

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

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Bronze, Ormolu

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

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Marble

Silver Gilt Portland Vase by Elkington & Co.
Located in New Orleans, LA
This magnificent silver-gilt Portland vase was crafted by the pioneering silversmithing firm of Elkington & Co. The iconic classical scenes are chased upon a textured background with...
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19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Silver, Sterling Silver

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

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Stoneware

Museum-Quality Porcelain Vase by Imperial Porcelain Factory
By Imperial Porcelain Factory
Located in London, GB
Museum-quality porcelain vase by Imperial Porcelain Factory Russian, 1857 Measures: Height 102cm, width 41cm, depth 33cm This amphora shaped Imperial Porcelain Factory vase stan...
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1850s Russian Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Ormolu, Bronze

"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

Materials

Porcelain

Moser Light Green Gilt Glass Centerpiece Vase
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This a Moser light green color and gilt glass centerpiece wide urn shaped vase. It is decorated with gold and yellow hand painted “Fleur de Lis“like, flower’s branches and bows. The ...
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Early 20th Century Czech Neoclassical Vases

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Art Glass

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

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Stoneware, Ceramic, Pottery

Two Russian Malachite and Gilt Bronze Urns, Designed by Galberg
By Ekaterinburg Faceting Factory, Russia
Located in London, GB
These magnificent gilt bronze (ormolu) mounted malachite urns were created in c.1830 to a design by Ivan Ivanovich Galberg (Russian, 1782-1863). Galberg was an important figure, who ...
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1830s Russian Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Malachite, Ormolu, Bronze

Pair Late 19th Century Black Porcelain Neoclassical Vases
Located in Troy, MI
Found in England, this pair of tall black porcelain vases dates from approximately 1880s. Decorated with gilt and classical Greek or Roman figures. Unknown maker. Very good antique c...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Porcelain

Encaustic Painted Basalt Oenochoe, Wedgwood, circa 1800
Located in Melbourne, AU
A fabulous oenochoe (Greek wine jug) in black basalt, with encaustic painting after the Greek to the front and both sides.  
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1790s English Antique Neoclassical Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Pair of Large Glass and Gilt Bronze Vases in the Neoclassical Style
Located in London, GB
Pair of large glass and gilt bronze vases in the neoclassical style French, 20th century Measures: Height 146cm, diameter 60cm This magnificent pair of neoclassical style vases ...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Vases

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Bronze, Ormolu

Pair of WMF Amphorae
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Pair of WMF amphorae Electroplated pewter and turquoise opaline Neoclassical style Origin Germany Circa 1890 Sealed in its base WMF. Wear and tear very good condition.
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1890s Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Pewter

Neoclassical Sevres Parian and Doré Bronze Mounted Urns or Vases 1920s a Pair
Located in Stamford, CT
Neoclassical pair of Sevres Parian and doré bronze mounted Urns or Vases circa 1920s. This spectacular pair of table vases having doré bronze bases supporting a finely cast stamped S...
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Vases

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Bronze

19th Century French Gilt Bronze, Baccarat Crystal and Marble Cornucopia Vase
Located in Pittsburgh, PA
This large cut crystal cornucopia vase terminates in a ram's head form gilt bronze mount, and is set on a black marble base.
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Crystal, Marble, Bronze

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

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Porcelain

Pair of 19th Century French Neoclassical Painted and Gilt Porcelain Vases
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a console or a buffet with this elegant pair of antique urns from Paris. Crafted circa 1890 and signed on the bottom, each tall neoclassical vase features a long neck with s...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Porcelain

Pair of Cobalt Blue Meissen Serpent Porcelain Vases, 19th Century, Germany
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Pair of 19th century cobalt blue Meissen serpent vases in the Neo-Classical style. Boldly colored cobalt urns with white intertwined double scrolled serpent handles. Urns sits atop r...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Neoclassical Vases

Materials

Porcelain

Italian Neoclassic Majolica Earthenware Vase with Bird
Located in New York, NY
Italian neo-classic antique Majolica vase with side handles and decorated with blue, yellow, and green flowers, fruit and bird.     
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18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Earthenware

Antique French Neoclassical Style Ormolu and Cloisonne Enamel Clock Set
Located in London, GB
This exceptionally detailed clock set consists of a mantel clock and a pair of accompanying vases, which are all crafted in ormolu and extensively decorated in vibrant cloisonné enam...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Ormolu, Bronze, Enamel

Two Neoclassical Style Russian Cut Glass and Ormolu Vases
Located in London, GB
Two neoclassical style Russian cut glass and Ormolu vases Russian, 20th century Dimensions: Height 32cm, width 16cm, depth 12cm Each vase in this pair of Russian neoclassical va...
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20th Century Russian Neoclassical Vases

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Ormolu

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

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Bronze

Pair of Meissen Porcelain Vases with Snake Handles
Located in Pembroke, MA
A highly-decorative pair of yellow porcelain vases, hand-painted with detailed central romantic scene, and having snake-form handles (Meissen, 19th century).
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Porcelain

Pair of Russian Neoclassical Style Cut Glass and Gilt Bronze Vases
Located in London, GB
Pair of Russian neoclassical style cut glass and gilt bronze vases Russian, 20th century Measures: Height 38cm, width 22cm, depth 14cm Each vase has an ovoid ruby coloured cut g...
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20th Century Russian Neoclassical Vases

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Bronze, Ormolu

Pair of Large Basalt Vases, Wedgwood, circa 1900
Located in Melbourne, AU
A large pair of vases in the Lebes Gamikos shape, in undecorated black basalt. A classic form that would suit period or contemporary décor.    
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Early 1900s English Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Stoneware

Wedgwood Jasperware Vase in the Neoclassical Design, 1974 England
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful English Wedgwood sage green and white matte Jasperware stoneware vase in the Neoclassical design style, 1974, 20th century, England. Piece is a matte stoneware in a light...
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20th Century English Neoclassical Vases

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Pottery, Stoneware, Ceramic

Encaustic Painted Basalt Vase, Wedgwood, circa 1800
Located in Melbourne, AU
A fine, large vase in black basalt, decorated with an encaustic painted figure of a youth, taken from The Hamilton vase in the British Museum. The shape is taken from the Greek Hy...
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Early 1800s English Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Stoneware

Pair of Neoclassical Porcelain Vases, Signed and Numbered, Italy 19th Century
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
These vases are made of Porcelain, they date from the 19th century, and were made in Italy, by a well-known designer called Carbet. These are neoclassical style vases, which are han...
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Porcelain

Pair of Russian Cut Blue Glass and Gilt Bronze Vases
Located in London, GB
Pair of Russian cut blue glass and gilt bronze vases Russian, 20th century Measures: Height 38cm, width 20cm, depth 13cm Each vase in this pair of Russian neoclassical vases has...
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20th Century Russian Neoclassical Vases

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Bronze, Ormolu

Monumental Pair of Neoclassical Period, Swedish Porphyry Campagna Shaped Vases
Located in New York, NY
A monumental pair of neoclassical period, Swedish Porphyry Campagna shaped vases, circa 1810. These magnificent handcrafted urns are carved from the uniquely Swedish Porphyry stone, ...
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1810s Swedish Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Porphyry

Late 18th Century Pair of Italian Maiolica Vases, Milano, circa 1794
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of Maiolica vases Milano, Manufacture of Pasquale and Carlo Rubati, 1790-1796 They measure: a) 9.84 in x 12.59 in diameter (25 x Ø 32 cm); b) 9.68 in x 12.75 in diameter (26 x Ø...
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1790s Italian Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Maiolica

English Jasperware Blue Wedgwood Vases w/ Neoclassical Subjects on Plinths, Pair
Located in New York, NY
An exquisite and quite rare pair of 19th century English, Staffordshire, Jasperware blue ground Wedgwood vases with neoclassical subjects on rounded plinths, stylistically attributed...
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1870s English Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Ceramic

Large 19th C Ormolu and Lavender Cut Glass Campana Vase, C 1850
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Large 19th century Ormolu and Lavender cut glass Campana vase, C 1850 An exquisite example, a rare color, a subtle lavender crystal. Mounted in finely cast ormolu mounts with flanki...
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Mid-19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Crystal, Ormolu

Neoclassical Carved Alabaster Covered Urn
Located in London, by appointment only
A fine neoclassical urn in carved alabaster, the richly figured stone reminiscent of fine Siena marble, the figuratively carved lid with gadrooning, supported on a waisted neck and b...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Alabaster

Antique 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Carrara Marble Urn Vases on Pedestals
Located in Firenze, IT
Pair of Italian (probably Florence) 18th century white Carrara marble campana shaped vases, extremely decorative architectural pieces both for indoor or outdoor use dating back to Ne...
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18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Vases

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Carrara Marble

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