4th May, 2022 10:00

Antiques & Interiors Auction

Lot 49

A large and impressive 19th century ceramic urn, modelled as the Warwick vase, on a pedestal (2)

A large 19th century ceramic urn, modelled as the Warwick vase, on a pedestal, the egg and dart moulded rim above a Bacchic head and fruiting vine relief moulded body, with intertwined vine branch handles, on a pedestal, each side with a relief moulded wreath, damaged and some restorations, urn 113cm wide x 66cm high, pedestal 83cm high, overall approximately 150cm high (2)


Gavin Hamilton excavated the 'Warwick vase', dating from the second century AD, from Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli in 1771 and sold it to his nephew, the 2nd Earl of Warwick. The earl built a conservatory to accomodate it in Warwick Castle's grounds. In 1978 the vase was sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, but as it had been classified as an object of national importance, the export licence was rejected. Funds were raised to keep it in England and it is now part of the Burrell Collection in Glasgow. Unsurprisingly, since the discovery of the Warwick Vase it has been much used as a design for ceramics and silver.

Sold for £3,600

Condition Report

Urn - with old damage, including chips, including base and surface flaking. One corner of foot (15cm section) present but broken-off. Joins of handles are apparent in places, as lacking elements of 'filler'.

Pedestal - Lacking elements, including all moulding of base on one side and two further sides. edges of top eroded and lacking sections. Repairs, including overlaid composition on top edges and most of two sides. Section of the inside of one side of the pedestal partially broken away.

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