Inspired by the classical vase shape known as the Italian Nestoris, this painted cast iron vase was produced in France during the 1800’s. A vase was deemed to be a Nestoris when it had an ovoid body with handles that extended higher than the mouth of the vessel.
Our vase (which has been painted green) has a repeating cabochon motif under the nine-inch diameter opening. Similar elements are found on the main body, with large lobes above a circular foot that sits on the square plinth. The two handles rise from the gadrooned body before attaching to the mouth as large scrolls. This elegant 19th century cast iron vase can be used indoors or outside.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with loss to paint, resulting in light oxidation. One handle is slightly loose, but structurally sound.