This Restauration gilt-bronze vase from France, circa 1830, is a beautiful and impressive piece of decorative art. The campana form and ornate design reflect the style of the period, with its emphasis on classical motifs and opulence. The body of the vase is adorned with two rams’ heads connected with floral swags, which give the piece a sense of movement and dynamism. The foliate handles add an additional layer of detail, and the square plinth provides a sturdy base for the vase.

Overall, the vase is in good condition considering its age and use. Some tarnishing and rubbing to areas of highest relief and contact such as handles is to be expected but does not detract from the beauty and significance of the piece. The attention to detail and craftsmanship of the gilt-bronze work is evident, and this vase would be an impressive addition to any collection of decorative arts from the period.


Ram’s Head Symbolism

In classical mythology, the ram was associated with various gods and was often a symbol of power, strength, and fertility. The ram’s head was used in a variety of contexts, including as a decorative element on architectural features, as well as on objects such as vases, bowls, and lamps.

In ancient Greece, the ram was associated with Zeus, who was often depicted holding or riding a ram. The ram was also associated with Ares, the god of war, and with Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility. In Roman mythology, the ram was associated with Jupiter, the king of the gods, and with Mars, the god of war.

The rams’ heads on the vase likely symbolise strength and power, as well as referencing classical mythology and Dionysus in particular combined with the reference to the fruiting vines and its associations with these attributes.

The foliate swags of grape vines and foliate handles are common decorative elements in neoclassical design, while the band of laurel leaves on the plinth represents victory and achievement, as the laurel wreath was traditionally awarded to victorious athletes and military leaders in ancient Greece and Rome.

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Restauration Gilt-Bronze Vase

Stock Number: 53205

A Restauration gilt-bronze vase, of campana form, the body with two rams’ heads connected with foliate swags of grape vines and foliate handles, on a socle with gadrooning and a band of laurel leaves on a tall square plinth.
  • Height: 48 cm (18.9 inches)
  • Diameter : 30 cm (11.8 inches)


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 48 cm (18.9 inches)
  • Diameter : 30 cm (11.8 inches)


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