Rare Pair of 18th Century Faux Marble Vases
of bulbous urn form with twin handles, decorated with brightly coloured faux marbling imitating Sicilian Jasper, the roundels decorated with doves of peace suspended from beaded garlands above gilt fabric swags; raised on turned and carved socles standing on lead-weighted ebonised plinth bases.
Though certainly based on an engraved source, it has not been possible, as yet, to tie these vases down to any one designer. Many architect/designers produced drawings for Neo-classical vases in the second half of the 18th century, most famously Ennemond Alexandre Petitot (1727-1801), born in France, he found fame and fortune in the Italian duchy of Parma. But others too, like L. N. Percenet (born 1736) who published a suite of vases in 1762, Maurice Jacques (1712-1784) and André-Louis Caillouet (active 1778-1817) – in fact many Neo-classical architects produced designs for ornamental vases at one time or another.