These fine agate vases once formed part of the collection of the Astor family, American-born aristocrats after whom many New York landmarks are named, who settled at Hever Castle in Kent, UK, in the early 20th Century.
The ovoid-form bodies are made in a rich, rust-coloured agate, which exhibits the cloudy, contrasting banding habit that this semi-precious stone is so well-loved for. The bodies sit on circular gilt bronze bases, finely decorated with beading and foliate scrolls, each sitting on four ball feet. The widest parts of the vases are mounted with pierced gilt bronze bands, which lead to twin foliate handles and elegant floral swags joined by delicately curled bows. The gilt bronze bands support the agate vase covers, which are mounted with gilt bronze acanthus leaf decorations and surmounted with berry finials.