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Pair Antique Greco-Roman Classical Sculptural Head Patinated Metal Jugs / Vases (Code 1508)

  • £46500


These are perhaps some of the most unusual pieces we have acquired over recent times, a pair of large patinated Greco-Roman style jug type vases.  They are large and hefty and will make an impact even in quite a large setting.  They are in the classical sculptural style and are perhaps intended to be the goddess Minerva or similar.  The faces, neck and main handle parts appear to be cast, then the inner lining, base plates and base stands are formed metal sheets.  They have been given a bronze style patination to the metal, I am uncertain of the base metal type and the cast pieces and formed metal are likely of different form.  The appear to have some age but unfortunately there are no makers marks to aid in attribution and they are likely late 19th century in period.  They perhaps have a French or Italian look, but this is just speculation at this point.  Notice how the handles are formed in the shape of ponytails.

They may have been intended as vases or simply as decorative items.  They do not hold water so would need liners should you wish to put water in them.  With suitable liners they would make superb wine coolers. In any event they are bound to be a talking point.

Buyers outside the UK mainland please contact us for a shipping quote due to the size and weight.  UK Highlands and Islands shipping cost will be more than the regular mainland cost which is quoted in the shipping section.



Wear and aging with some rubbing of the patina.  Some damage and splits to the rims (the tiaras region).  See images for overall condition.

Approx Dimensions

Height: 33.5 cm ( 13 1/4 inch )

Width: 18 cm ( 7 1/8 inch ) across heads

Weight: 9230 grams (before packing)

Stock Code:  1508  NV18-2



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