A pair Napoleon III Egyptian imperial porphyry urns and covers

Origin

France

Dates

1870

Dimensions

H  22.50 inch (57.15 cm)  

Dimensions
H  22.50 inch (57.15 cm)  

Description

A pair Napoleon III Egyptian imperial porphyry urns and covers, each with a shaped cover and baluster body on a concave support and square base, applied with high quality ormolu mounts comprising a flower-bud finial, arched foliate handles, an openwork collar and a bound- reed border round the foot. French, c1870.


Footnote: Porphyry is exceptionally dense and has a high feldspar content so that, when polished, it was described as “powdered with bright stars” by Paul the Silentiary, a 6th century member of the Byzantine imperial household (Vasiliev, 1948:5). Purple Porphyry was reserved exclusively for imperial Roman/Byzantine use and royalty were born in a room lined in it - which explains the phrase "born to the purple”. Restrictions on quarrying ensured that this stone retained its high value and luxury status.

Condition

Excellent

£ 32800.00
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