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Vase and cover - Urn and cover

Urn and cover

  • Object:

    Vase and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Dieppe (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 - ca. 1750 (made)
    after 18th century (altered)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory with a silver finial

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by H.L. Florence

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This urn with cover was probably made in France, Dieppe, in ca. 1700-50. This urn is made in ivory with a silver finial, and the two handles is probably a later addition, as is the base. Both base and cover seem to have been made using a lathe initially (machine-marks are visible on the inside of the body and the cover), and then carved. This ivory urn is probably based on a print by Pietro Sante (Santi) Bartoli (1615-1700), first published in 1697 in P.S. Bartoli, Gli antichi sepolcri, overo mausolei romani..., pl. 100; see Oechslin 1982, cat. no. 74. Bartoli's engraving depicts a marble funerary urn from a grave outside the Porta Solaria, Rome.

Physical description

This ivory urn with a silver finial is in the style of an antique urn, with an integral cover and two handles. Round the body of the base is a scrolled band of stylised foliage in relief; the lower part tapers to the moulded scalloped foot. Stands on an integral rectangular base. The cover is carved with spiral gadrooned scallops, and is surmounted by a silver finial in the form of an acorn.

Place of Origin

Dieppe (probably, made)


ca. 1700 - ca. 1750 (made)
after 18th century (altered)



Materials and Techniques

Ivory with a silver finial


Height: 28 cm, Width: 4.5 in

Object history note

Bequeathed by Henry Louis Florence Esq., formerly of 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, in 1916.

Descriptive line

Urn and cover, ivory with a silver finial, probably France, probably Dieppe, ca. 1700-50

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bartoli, Pietro Santo. Gli antichi sepolcri overo Mausolei romani et etruschi. Rome, 1697, pl. 100
Oechalin, Werner. Die Vase. Zurich: Kunstgewerbemuseum der Stadt Zürich, 1982, no. 74
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1927-1929, Part II, p. 79
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 258, p. 271


Ivory; Silver

Subjects depicted

Foliage; Scallops; Classicism


Containers; Death


Sculpture Collection

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