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Porphyry vase
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Porphyry vase

Ca. 1650. Porphyry.
Galería Jónica Planta Principal Norte

Following a generalised fashion in European royal palaces during the Baroque period, porphyry, with its characteristic reddish-purple tinge, was used to establish a sense of uninterrupted continuity with the remote imperial past. These vases added sumptuousness and splendour to palace rooms, including the examples that decorated the Hall of Mirrors in the Alcázar in Madrid. The form and decoration of this example combine curving striations and gadroons. It is the pair to another similar one, also in the Prado (O491).

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Porphyry vase
Porphyry, Ca. 1650
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Porphyry vase
Ca. 1650
Height: 62.5 cm; Width: 46 cm; Base/bottom: 39 cm; Weight: 64.4 Kg
Royal Collection (Real Alcázar, Madrid, salón de los espejos, 1686?)

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Bernardini, Maria Grazia, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Regista del Barocco, Skira, 1999, pp. 394, nº 138.

Other inventories +

Inv. Felipe IV, Alcázar de Madrid, 1686. Núm. s. n..
Salón de los espejos [...] Seis vrnas del mismo Porfido que los Bufetes vna sobre cada Bufete las dos mayores â manera de Jarrones yguales y las otras quatro a manera de tazas como cubiertas.

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Escultura, 1857. Núm. 152.
152. Jarron de porfido igual al nº 144

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Galería Jónica Planta Principal Norte (On Display)

Update date: 07-05-2022 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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