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Belle Epoque Period Antique French Iron Garden Urn circa 1890

A handsome  iron garden urn from the Belle Epoque period in France circa 1890. Please notice the classical Italian influence on the design of the body of this urn with its circular shape enhanced with symmetrical fluting around the entire circumference. The rim also has an edge around the lip with a symmetrical design as does the base of the urn above the circular base. All of these elements were first seen in ancient classical civilizations and continue to be desirable motifs in the creation of garden pieces and statuary. The French influence may be seen in the pair of applied handles that flank the vase with their balanced placement. They each have a bold scroll at the top with a pair of flourishes at the outer top and bottom that reflect the shape of the entire urn. Set within the edges of the handles are a series of round buttons that are visible from both sides as these urns were always placed where they were able to be viewed in the round. The use of cast iron in the nineteenth century was an especially potent force in the production of decorative objects. Initially cast iron was dedicated to large projects such as bridges and buildings but it became quickly apparent that it was a terrific material to use for smaller objects as well. The foundry maker's name may be seen along the base and the original oxidized patina to the iron gives this piece an especial presence. It may be used indoors or outside where it will be a focal point by itself or used in a traditional fashion full of plants.

# BC105

DIMENSIONS

11.00" w x 16.00" d x 14.00" h

27.94cm w x 40.64cm d x 35.56cm h

$646.00

A handsome  iron garden urn from the Belle Epoque period in France circa 1890. Please notice the classical Italian influence on the design of the body of this urn with its circular shape enhanced with symmetrical fluting around the entire circumference. The rim also has an edge around the lip with a symmetrical design as does the base of the urn above the circular base. All of these elements were first seen in ancient classical civilizations and continue to be desirable motifs in the creation of garden pieces and statuary. The French influence may be seen in the pair of applied handles that flank the vase with their balanced placement. They each have a bold scroll at the top with a pair of flourishes at the outer top and bottom that reflect the shape of the entire urn. Set within the edges of the handles are a series of round buttons that are visible from both sides as these urns were always placed where they were able to be viewed in the round. The use of cast iron in the nineteenth century was an especially potent force in the production of decorative objects. Initially cast iron was dedicated to large projects such as bridges and buildings but it became quickly apparent that it was a terrific material to use for smaller objects as well. The foundry maker's name may be seen along the base and the original oxidized patina to the iron gives this piece an especial presence. It may be used indoors or outside where it will be a focal point by itself or used in a traditional fashion full of plants.