"It is called the Portland Vase
after the Duchess of Portland who purchased the original vase in 1784 from Sir William Hamilton.
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
(pictured) , a 10-inch Roman glass vessel, was smashed by a hooligan while on loan to the British Museum.
Visitors to the British Museum view the Portland Vase
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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.
(2) "The rarest works in the collection are the two 18th century examples of the Portland Vase
. (3) One is from the first edition of 1790, the other is an extremely rare object that appears to be an experimental version pre-dating the first edition proper," Martin comments.
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
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.