of superb quality and history
Late 1700s, English


H 60 cm (24"), W 63cm (25") max ; five are H 53 cm (21"), W 49cm (19") max


Six lead urns, originally commissioned in the late 1700s as a set of 32 by the second Duke of Buckingham whose residences included Stowe (Bucks), Biddlesden Park (Northants) and Langton House (Scotland).
There are five identical (53cm tall) and one different and larger (61cm tall). The various panel scenes are of exceptional quality and in fabulous condition. Characters depicted in classical scenes include Bacchus on horseback; fawns, nymphs and cherubs at play; maidens in mythical gardens; warriors in revelry and bathers at the spa. The casting quality and artistic detail is as wonderful as to be expected with such provenance and in a class quite different from Victorian or still later reproductions.
These six are the survivors of the original set. Having been inherited down the line over seven generations they are offered now for sale through the family for the first time ever.

Stock No. 1975


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