Italian Alabaster Model of the Medici Vase

  • This rare Italian krater vase is crafted entirely from alabaster
  • The piece was modeled after the ancient Medici Vase currently in the Uffizi
  • Mythological scenes of the Greeks at Delphi encircle the magnificent objet d'art
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This exceptionally rare Italian alabaster vase is a stunning interpretation of the famed Medici Vase, which is currently held in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The masterfully carved alabaster mimics the original and beautifully accentuates the highly detailed bas-relief.

The original remains one of the most admired vases to have survived from antiquity. The monumental marble krater vase was crafted in Athens in the 1st century AD and was rediscovered in the Villa Medici (Rome) in 1598. It was not until 1780 that it was transferred from the famed villa to the Uffizi, where it remains today.

After its rediscovery, the Medici Vase was frequently the inspiration for pieces crafted from bronze, ceramic, silver, and marble, such as this one. The bas-reliefs emulate the motif of the original, which depicts the Greeks at Delphi, including the legendary figures of Achilles, Ulysses, Agamemnon and Iphigenia. The vase and plinth also feature delicately fluted handles issuing from bearded masks and ribbon-tied wreaths, all of which contribute to the neoclassical grandeur of this magnificent piece.

Early 19th century

25 3/4" diameter x 40 1/2" high
Italian Alabaster Model of the Medici Vase
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Italy
Type: Vases/Vessels
Depth: 25.75 Inches
Width: 25.75 Inches
Height: 40.5 Inches
Style: Neoclassical

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