George III Blue-John Urn
George III Blue-John Urn
George III Blue-John Urn

George III Blue-John Urn

c. 1775 England

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The oval urn with fluted base and white marble banding, on a rectangular pedestal with slate plinth. 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.

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.
Acquired from Stair & Co., London, 1992.
For a similar but slightly larger (15 inch high) example see the George III Blue-John and Alabaster Oval Solid Urn, originally from Stoneleigh Abbey and featuring a band of Vitruvian scroll, which was sold from the sale catalogue: 'Simon Sainsbury: The Creation of An English Arcadia, Volume I', Christie’s, London, Wednesday 18 June 2008, Lot 93, p.172-3. (/P127,250 incl. premium).
Dimensions
Height 33.00 cm (12.99 inches)
Stock Code
5963
Medium
Blue John and a slate plinth.
Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
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