Impressive Pair of Grand Tour Twin Handle Patinated Bronze Medici Urns of Campagne outline, of compact and heavy proportions. Second quarter of the Nineteenth Century. Firmly attributed to Giacomo Zoffoli.
These Urns are in the Borghese or Medici style model with classical relief decoration, egg and dart topped rims with Mythological Scenes to main body with twin triton mask handles, each supported on a reeded statutory off white marble pedestal circular base above a plain square black marble plinth
Condition: Good condition with nice patination and no losses, complete with interior linings, nice allover surface patination, very well cast Urns.
Height: (entire) 13.5" (34.25cm). Diameter: (top rim) 9.5” (24cm). Width: (at base) 5" (12.5cm). Depth: 5” (12.5cm).
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
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Giacomo Zoffoli (circa 1731-1785) and his younger brother Giovanni ran a highly successful workshop in Rome, specialising in the casting of reproductions of antique originals that were prized by collectors and especially with travellers of The Grand Tour. Their foundry in the Via degli Avignonesi, was extensively visited by the English visitors.
More commonly paired with the Borghese Vase, the Medici Vase was one of the popular models cast by the Zoffoli brothers, and was included in their list of bronzes on offer. The antique, restored, version is still part of the collection of the Uffizi Galleries. First recorded in 1598 in the inventory of the Villa Medici in Rome, it was moved to Florence in 1780 and displayed very soon afterwards. The frieze on this pair of vases is probably a depiction of the story of Iphigenia at Aulis, with Achilles, Odysseus and Agamemnon being some of the figures identified on this pair of vases.