Neoclassical Amphora, prob. Berlin around 1800


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The glass vase is surrounded by a tripod, whose legs run out into leafy vines and whose handles are designed as goosenecks. The lower part is held together by three cross-connections, which terminate below a leaf frieze in which the vase body rests with a pine cone. The extremely fine chiselling of the fire-gilded bronze makes one think of Berlin or Dresden as a place of origin. In Berlin it was above all the extremely successful company of Christian Gottlob Werner (1747-1831) and Gottfried Mieth (1765-1834), who was able to produce such fine bronze works, but also those of Johann Christoph Ermisch (mentioned 1794 -1803), or the Bronzier Schroeder (mentioned 1773) - and in Dresden the Churfürstliche Spiegelmanufaktur. Due to the harmonious balance of the vase, it can be assumed that the design itself may be attributed to an architect. In question would be the Berlin architect Friedrich Gilly (1772-1800), the Dresden architect Christian Friedrich Schuricht (1753-1832), but also the architects Freiherr Friedrich Wilhelm von Erdmannsdorff (1736-1800), who worked in Wörlitz in particular Berlin resident Carl Gotthard Langhans (1732-1808) would be thinking. The ancient symbolism of the Swan, which was closely connected with Apollo - in this context certainly to understand in his function as the god of the arts - was based in ancient times on four peculiarities: the long, sinuous neck, the white color of the plumage, his singing and his wisdom. But even his combative nature leaves the swan enemies like eagles or snakes to tw. be superior. As a result, the place of installation of the vase can be thought of as a music room, but also as a library. Despite the two cracks in the upper part of the vase, this is an extremely well preserved example of a small, rare group of often damaged objects. Literature: B. Klappenbach, chandeliers, Berlin 2001, p.103-104 B. Kropmanns, The bronze manufacturers Werner and Mieth or Werner and nephews. Chandeliers and bronzes in the age of Schinkel (Dissertation project FU Berlin) F.C. Möller, 25 years - 25 discoveries, Hamburg 2009, cat. No. 15 F.C. Möller, 18 objects around 1800, Hamburg 2014, pp. 28-33, 50-57, 62-69, 84-89 W. Richter, s.v. Schwan, in: The Little Pauly Bd. 5, Munich 1979, Sp.42-43

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19th century (1800-1899)
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Dimensions (cm):
36H x 14DI
Dimensions (inch):
14,17H x 5,51DI
Creator / Artist:
Glass, Bronze, Opaline glass
Very good;
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