French late 19th century grand tour style Sarrancolin marble tazza urn. The vase with coloured veins of reds, pinks and whites having a large flared opening with rolled top rim mounted upon a patinated bronze pedestal with beautifully sculpted work down the tapered stem with a dotted border. The bronze stood upon a circular matching variegated marble base. Dating to the late 19th century circa 1880 the tazza urn often named urn or vase is made of a multi-coloured marble often referred to as Variegated. The tazza urn would have most likely been an object that was purchased during a grand tour type excursion to France.
Notes | Variegated marble having a pattern of different colours or marks. In contrast a standard marble vase would only contain one colour such as a white Carrara marble.
Sarrancolin (a commune in the Hautes-Pyrenees south-west France). Is an impressive stone with a multicoloured background coupled with reddish veins and green/grey inclusions make it a highly attractive marble.
Grand Tour The original so called grand tour period was a trip taken around Europe, typically undertaken by young men. The period began in the 17th century and went through to the late 18th century. Women over the age of 21 would occasionally partake, providing they were accompanied by a chaperone from their family. The Grand Tour was seen as an educational trip across Europe, usually starting in Dover, and would see young, wealthy travellers search for arts and culture. Those on The Grand Tour would often have a healthy supply of funds in order to enjoy themselves freely. Objects from each of the countries visited would be for sale to tourists partaking in the grand tour and for sale as a form of souvenir to educate and remember where they had visited.
Measurements | 27cm High x 34cm Diameter (10.6 x 13.4 Inches)
Condition | Excellent, antique condition.