This pair of patinated cast composition limestone urns on pedestals from Southern Italy stand at six feet tall.
The body of the urns are decorated with several elements of Neoclassical motifs. Neoclassicism was inspired by the art and culture of ancient civilizations, specifically Greece and Rome. Productions from this period emphasize simplicity and symmetric designs.
The topmost motif is a meandros (often referred to in modern times as “Greek key design”), which is a border formed from a continuous line, fashioned into a repeating pattern. In ancient Greece, this was an especially important design, symbolizing unity. Directly below this is a Vitruvian scroll or wave, named after the ancient Roman architect, Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, who wrote the oldest surviving book on architecture between 30 and 15 BC. The final classical motif is the series of gadrooning just above the neck of the urn. Gadrooning is a set of convex curves emanating from a central point, usually tapering towards the bottom of the curve.
Beneath the neck is a square plinth that sits on top of a panel pedestal. The panel has recessed molding with canted corners, and both the pedestals and the urns have been patinated with an antique finish. The lids are removeable.
These versatile and elegant Italian urns can be place either indoors, perhaps in an entryway, or outside in a garden or at the top of a set of steps.
CONDITION: Repaired: Minor touch up to base. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor nicks and variation in finish throughout, as seen in photos, to replicate age. Some unevenness to sections, so ideally these will be mortared together. Please see photos for exact condition.