Portland vase

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Port´land vase`

1.A celebrated cinerary urn or vase found in the tomb of the Emperor Alexander Severus. It is owned by the Duke of Portland, and kept in the British Museum.
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E HAVE all heard of the Portland Vase - but do many of us realise its great significance?
1845: The Portland Vase, a 10-inch Roman glass vessel, was smashed by a hooligan while on loan to the British Museum.
1845 THE Portland Vase, a Roman cameo glass vase dating from the 1st century BC, was smashed by a drunken visitor at the British Museum.
2), owner, albeit briefly of the Barberini or Portland Vase, since 1810 one of the most highly treasured antiquities in the British Museum.
Wedgwood struggled with his reproductions of the Portland Vase from 1786 until the 1790 edition.
They include a first edition version of the Portland Vase - a symbol of Wedgwood - and copies of the First Day's Vases, which were personally thrown by legendary industrialist Josiah Wedgwood to mark the opening of his new factory in Etruria in 1769.
The Royal Ontario Museum's outstanding collection of Wedgwood includes pieces of Queen's Ware from the table of Catherine the Great, copies of the famed Portland Vase, a black basalt relief weighing more than 800 pounds, as well as exquisite cameo medallions and jewellery.
The firm was famous for fine pieces such as this beautiful Portland vase, right
Presented in the Samuel European Galleries, the exhibition features "Queen's Ware" from the table of Catherine the Great, copies of the famed Portland Vase, the largest black basalt relief ever made, cameo medallions, and fine jewellery.
The craze started in the mid-1870s following a race to reproduce the smashed Roman Portland Vase which had been on display at the British Museum.
Chapter 5, "Cockney Classicism: History with Footnotes," gives us a 40-page reading of Ode on a Grecian Urn, starting with the Portland Vase in the British Museum (one of the urns less often mentioned in discussions of the poem) and the politics of its owners, Lord and Lady Hamilton (the latter was Nelson's Emma), and going on to Lady Hamilton's famous "attitudes" (highly publicized performances of costumed poses to illustrate emotions) in connection with the "Fair attitude" of Keats's final stanza.
The Portland Vase was deposited in the British Museum by the fourth Duke of Portland in 1810; a quarter of a century earlier (1786) the third Duke had loaned it to Wedgwood so that the latter could 'model it for reproduction in his jasper ware'.
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