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Porphyry and Gilt Bronze Campana Vases
- This stately pair of campana vases are crafted from striking Blyberg porphyry
- The word porphyry derives from the ancient Greek word for purple, the color of royalty
- Blyberg porphyry is sought after for its impressive purple hue and star-like white streaks
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The first discovery of porphyry in Sweden occurred in the Älvdalen region in the 1730s, and over the centuries it has gained a coveted reputation for its appearance and quality. Swedish porphyry has been used in objets d'art for royalty, including King George IV and Queen Victoria. Of all varieties of porphyry quarried in the Älvdalen region, Blyberg is the rarest and most sought after for its impressive purple hue and stunning white streaks redolent of stars in an evening sky, which are prominently displayed throughout this stately pair.
Late 18th century
10" diameter x 18 1/2" high