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The extraordinary scale of this blue john vase is rivalled only by the later vase by Vallance on display at the Natural History Museum. No other vase of this size is known. The very finest vein of blue john has been chosen in order to maximize the fascination for the complexity of the markings in this stone. The blue john would then have been carefully fired which creates the reddish colour in the vein. This was an extremely delicate process; if fired for too long the blue john would lose its colour altogether.
The profile of this vase is derived from an ancient Greek pottery krater, a large vessel intended for wine. Thomas Hope designed several vases of this form in bronze and gilt metal, including one appropriately ornamented with 'Bacchanalian masks, vine wreaths, and other emblems of Bacchus'. It is interesting to note that the masks to the handles are possibly derived from a design published in 1798 for 'Antique Vases in dark oriental Marbles from the Collection in the Museum of the Vatican' by C. H. Tatham in Etchings representing the best examples of Ancient Ornamental Architecture; drawn from the originals in Rome, and other parts of Italy, during the years 1794, 1795, and 1796.
This impressive blue john vase is closely related to another vase of similar form, now in the collection of the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire (T. Ford, Derbyshire Blue John, Ashbourne: Landmark Publishing, 2000, p. 86), which was made in 1815 by James Shore of Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. Little is known of Shore other than his claim that the Chatsworth vase, which measured 24 inches high including the plinth, was the largest ever made.
|Height||75.60 cm||(29.76 inches)|
|Width||36.80 cm||(14.49 inches)|
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