A Pair of Garnkirk Nuptial Vases by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson
A Pair of Garnkirk Nuptial Vases by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson

A Pair of Garnkirk Nuptial Vases by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson

c. 1855 Scottish

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A Pair of 19th century Garnkirk fireclay Nuptial Vases designed by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson (1817-1875) and modelled by John Mossman (1817-1890)

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson was a visionary Scottish architect whose reputation was founded on a combination of commercial success tempered with a need to instil the mystical and exotic into his commissions. He rejected the Gothic style that prevailed in Britain in the 1850s and 1860s and strove to resuscitate the principles of Greek architecture.
The current vase manufactured by Garnkrk Coal Company and depicting a bridal procession on the frieze is an early example of how he managed to combine Greek principles and industrial design. A coloured example was shown in London at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and is now on display in Glasgow’s Museum and Art Galleries.

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Biography: Stamp, Gavin ‘Alexander ‘Greek’ Thompson’, 1999.
Dimensions
Height 118.00 cm (46.46 inches)
Width 16.00 cm (6.30 inches)
Stock Code
3767
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