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An Italian marble vase on an octagonal marble stand (pair with L102)
Museum number: L99
Soane installed this vase and its pair on the north windowsill of his Dining Room where they remain today. They form part of an arrangement which seems to represent different vase types through time and across civilisations with the Cawdor vase (L101) in the centre, flanked by these marble vases and a pair of fine celadon chinese vases. In his 1830 Description Soane noted that 'The effect of these works is considerably heightened by the Looking-glass in the splayed jambs of the window'.
Purchased by John Soane at the Richard Cosway sale, Mr Stanley, 22 May 1821, Lot 120 'A pair of marble vases', £0.13.0.
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