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Porphyry vase with lid
Porphyry. Third quarter of the XVII century
Anonymous
Porphyry vase with lid
Porphyry. Third quarter of the XVII century
Anonymous

This vessel is made of porphyry, a material greatly valued since classical antiquity because of its rarity and great beauty for use in ornamental pieces intended for the palaces of nobility and member [+]

Porphyry vase
Porphyry, Wood. Ca. 1650
Anonymous
Porphyry vase
Porphyry, Wood. Ca. 1650
Anonymous

This large vase is decorated with a mask in the middle section. It lacks the lid and base, which are known from a drawing of 1682 now in London. It belonged to Gaspar de Haro y Guzmán, Marquis [+]

Porphyry vase with lid
Porphyry. XVII century
Anonymous
Porphyry vase with lid
Porphyry. XVII century
Anonymous

Since the time of Antiquity, porphyry was one of the most highly regarded materials due to its rarity and great beauty, making it ideal for ornamental objects intended for the palaces of royalty and t [+]

Porphyry vase
Porphyry. Ca. 1650
Anonymous
Porphyry vase
Porphyry. Ca. 1650
Anonymous

This simply carved, two-handled vase has gadroons around the bottom and lip. Decorative objects made in porphyry were obligatory items in royal and aristocratic collections, particularly in the sevent [+]

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