- Undated, probably 1760 - 63
The two vases, and the two in Adam vol.26/85, are possibly copies of similar ones in Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820)'s Portfolio C, now in the Hermitage, which contained 'une collection considérable de vases et de candelabres, dont la plus grande partie sont dessinés d'après l'antique' ('a considerable collection of vases and candelabras, of which the largest part were drawn after the antique'); of these, 219 were vases (see Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg, catalogue of exhibition at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995, p.92). The covered vase is probably a cinerary urn (see Adam vol.26/85); there is a print of it by Piranesi in Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcophagi, etc., noted as a 'Vasi Cinerario di marmo' from the the Villa Casali near San Stefano Rotondo. There is a set of vase compositions attributed to Giuseppe Manocchi (1731-82) of c.1766 in Adam vol.19/90-97. In Adam volume 52 there is also a pen drawing of a frieze of putti and vases in relief, on which is noted in a contemporary hand 'Fregio dal vaso in Grande trovato in una vigna 3 miglia fuori di Roma nel anno 1764'. (see Adam vol.52/132). It is probably a copy of similar drawings to those shown here.
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