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John Vardy (1718-65)

A Vase in the Royal Gardens at Hampton Court dated 1749

RCIN 702891.b

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The popularity of sculptured urns and vases in the garden spread from Versailles to the Dutch Republic and England. Two monumental white marble vases were commissioned for the Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace in 1690. This etching shows the vase carved by Gaius Gabriel Cibber (1630 – 1700) with scenes from the Triumph of Bacchus. Monumental carved urns and vases had formed part of the artist’s repertory since at least the mid-seventeenth century.