Pair of 19th Century French Terracotta Urns After Claude Ballin

GBP 6,575.00

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Object Description

A pair of mid to late 19th century French terracotta garden urns with cherubs after a design by Claude Ballin (1615-1678). An almost identical depiction in bronze resides in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. This pair were sourced from an estate in Scotland.

Each is of a matching design depicting a large, highly decorative urn with lattice border, turned socle and embellishments between twin handles in the form of sulking cherubs above lion faces. Thanks to their impressive scale and aged, ancient look, this pair of antique vases make a magnificent feature in any setting, instilling a space with grandeur and period French opulence.

Goldsmith to Louis XIV, Claude Ballin was a talented French goldsmith and metalworker of the 17th century. Commissioned to create several garden vases for the Palace of Versailles, Ballin’s vases and urns gained popularity throughout Europe. A drawing from the Met Museum pictured showcases the design for a large vase executed in bronze for the gardens of Versailles dating from circa 1665. Reproductions of the vase are often cast in iron, making this terracotta pair a rare find.

Additional Information

Each urn: H80 x W67 x D48 cm

Object History

After a design by Claude Ballin (1615-1678).

Object Condition

Good structural condition. Lots of weathering, chips and a few cracks and losses. Numerous historic and more recent repairs. Socles bolted to urns. Each transports in 2 parts. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor Losses, scuffs, and scratches.

Object Details

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    W:67 x H:80 x D:48 centimeters
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Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44(0) 1981 541 155

Dealer Location


From the M50 / Ross-on-Wye
At the end of the M50 take the A40 towards Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Take the A49 Hereford Road (third roundabout after leaving the M50) Ignore the first two signposts for Wormelow, Stay on the A49 for approximately nine miles take the next left turn after passing the Pilgrim Hotel, singed A466 Wormelow. Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side, the site is called; Grove Farm / The Grove.

From A49 Hereford
Follow the A49 south from Hereford for approximately five miles. After the uphill section at the Callow there is a layby on your right followed by one on your left. Take the next right turn onto the A466 singed Wormelow / Monmouth, Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side on Grove Farm / The Grove.

UK Heritage
Grove Barn
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