18th & 19th Century Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery Level 2, NGV International
Two-handled vase in lapis blue jasper dip covering a grey-blue body of similar intensity. The applied white reliefs include classical figures, trees and masks at the handles. On one side a seated woman accompanied by a serpent holds the arm of a young man, while a young Eros flies above with a torch and a bearded man looks on; on the other the central figure of a reclining woman with an inverted torch is flanked by a seated male and a seated female. The reliefs have added details painted in blue and grey to simulate the transparent effects of the glass-engraver or stone-cutter. The base is similarly decorated and shows the half-figure of a man wearing a Phrygian cap, his hand raised to his mouth.
Accompanied by a modern metal and mirror stand.