Lot 998

Previous image preload Next image preload



The Borghese Vase is a monumental bell-shaped krater or large vase sculpted in Athens from Pentelic marble in the second-half of the 1st century BCE. It was made as a garden ornament for export to the Roman market and depicts the thiasus, the ecstatic retinue of Dionysus, the Greek god of winemaking and wine. The procession depicted on the frieze is composed of a group of inebriated revellers.

The Borghese Vase was rediscovered in Rome in 1566 and was acquired by the Borghese family, a powerful noble Italian family with papal connections, and were originally from Sienna. Napoleon purchased the vase in 1808 and it has been part of the collection held at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, since 1811.

Handyside Foundry, an important English ironworks, was renowned for its fountains and garden ornaments. It was founded in 1848 and the quality of its castings was exceptional. It produced copies of the Medici urns, and busts that included those of Shakespeare, Milton, and Wellington. The foundry's first catalogue of ornamental ironwork was first published in 1873.

  • 77 cm. high; 69 cm. diameter (2)
  • Notes:
  • Furniture

Accepted Forms of Payment:

MasterCard, Visa, Wire Transfer


Worldwide shipping available. Enquiries can be made via [email protected].

March 8, 2017 10:30 AM GMT
Durrow, Ireland


You agree to pay a buyer's premium of up to 25% and any applicable taxes and shipping.

View full terms and conditions

Bid Increments
From: To: Increments:
€0 €19 €2
€20 €199 €10
€200 €499 €20
€500 €999 €50
€1,000 €4,999 €100
€5,000 €9,999 €200
€10,000 €14,999 €500
€15,000 + €1,000