Beautiful Blyberg porphyry vase in the Medici shape, that is to say in the shape of an inverted bell with flared molded edges resting on a square base with an ogee pedestal.
Very nice polish, good condition; a shine glued to the pedestal and small chips at the corners of the pedestal.
The design of the vase made by Fredric Ludvig Rung (1758-1837) in 1799, kept with the archives of the manufacture at the Royal Library in Stockholm.
The design of the vase present in the 1805 catalog of the manufacture, with the prices of fifteen models, starting from diameter 5 to diameter 36, ours being thirteenth size, that is to say among the largest in size in the catalog.
Work of the Royal Hard Stone Manufacture of Alvdalen, Sweden circa 1805-1810.
Height: 44 cm; Diameter: 32.5 cm
Vases of similar shape:
National museum Stockholm: An identical but smaller vase (40 cm) offered to the painter Louis Masreliez by Princess Sofia Albertina (1753–1829), sister of King Gustav III.
Château de Pau: two monumental vases (99 cm) offered to the King of Sweden, Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, to his hometown.
Our opinion :
Of all the varieties of porphyry quarried in the Alvdalen region of Sweden, Blyberg porphyry is the rarest and most sought after.
With its purplish background studded with white points and its white streaks, it perfectly simulates the night sky and the Milky Way.
Although known since 1730, the fame of the Swedish deposit did not extend beyond borders until the beginning of the 19th century, with the strong craze for Egyptian porphyry rediscovered by Bonaparte in Egypt.
Nicknamed the Stone of the Emperors by the Romans, this rock of a hardness greater than tempered steel requires extremely complex polishing work and was therefore reserved for crowned heads.
Napoleon will have a great admiration for this material and it is naturally under the impetus of the former Marshal of the Empire Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, new elected King of Sweden and Norway under the name of Karl XIV Johan, that the manufacture will know a international effervescence, with abundant orders, in particular from coalition allies, Russia, England, Prussia ...
Having kept strong friendships in France, Bernadotte will also reserve some rare pieces in Blyberg porphyry for friends of his native country, marshals, ambassadors ...
With a classic shape inspired by the famous vase from Villa Borghese, but stripped of any decor, our vase represents the quintessence of European neoclassicism.
If many handles of knives, barrels of torches, casseroles, small cups were produced by the factory, very few vase of this size left the workshops.
Collector's item intended for a scholar, it will perfectly be the final touch to a very beautiful empire decor.
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