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This Blue John ‘mantelpiece garniture’ urn reflects the later 18th century Pompeian Etruscan fashion for room decoration with Grecian urns and Roman vases instead of Chinese porcelain. Evoking sacrifices at love’s altar in antiquity, the ovoid plinth-supported urn of Derbyshire amethystine fluorspar is of festive wine-krater form, gadrooned by ‘Pan’ reeds. Its ‘altar’ pedestal stands on a Grecian Etruscan black base and is likewise enriched with white ‘marble’ mouldings. Manufactures from the Blue John mines in Treak Cliff, near Castleton, were increasingly popularized by the George III ‘Roman’ fashion for Columbaria vase-chambers introduced during the 1760s.
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