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#6073. A pair of Grand Tour cast bronze urns from The Barbedienne Foundry - called "The Townley Vase". The Townley vase is a large Roman marble vase of the 2nd century CE, discovered in 1773 by the Scottish antiquarian and dealer in antiquities Gavin Hamilton in excavting a Roman villa at Monte Cagnolo between Genzano and Civita Lavina near the ancient Lanuvium in Lazio southeast of Rome. The ovid vase has volute handles in the manner of a pottery krater. It is carved with deep frieze in bas-relief occuping most of the body illustrating a Bacchanalian procession. In the 19th century it was often imagined that Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (1819) was inspired by the Townley Vase. This pair is 14.5" tall with a base of 4.5" and 9" wide at the widest; weighing in at 31 lbs for the pair. Original patina. P.O.R.
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