Rosso Antico and Black Basalt Vase Made Circa 1815 with Neoclassical Decoration


This magnificent vase, made in England circa 1815, is a true work of art. Crafted from luxurious Rosso Antico stoneware and adorned with applied black basalt in deep relief, this vase exudes elegance and excitement.
The Bacchanalian and celebratory decoration is breathtaking, featuring a host of putti, or winged infants, acting as instruments of profane love.
Four groups of these mischievous flying toddlers frolic and play on a ground of black basalt, lifting an overflowing basket of grapes and other fruits, and appearing intoxicated.
The vase’s large handles are expertly modeled as goat heads with curled horns, goat’s ears, and open mouths, adding a touch of whimsy to the design.
Wavelike scrolls enclosing flower heads decorate the neck of the vase, while oval-shaped medallions add a final touch of sophistication. Standing at a stately 12.75″ tall and 6.5″ in diameter at the widest point, this vase is an imposing piece, and its excellent condition only adds to its allure.
Dimensions: 12.75″ tall x 6.5″ diameter at the widest point
Condition: Excellent


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Background of Rosso Antico

Rosso Antico is a type of red marble used by the ancient Romans. In the late 18th century, Josiah Wedgwood developed a red stoneware body he named Rosso Antico.


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