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Josephine Vases - Royal Victoria Park - Bath, Somerset
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 51° 23.116 W 002° 22.113
30U E 543940 N 5692858
Quick Description: A pair of Cararra marble vases that flank the Bandstand in Royal Victoria Park, Bath, a gift of Napoleon Bonaparte to the Empress Josephine in 1805, brought from France after the Peninsular War.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/29/2017 12:00:55 AM
Waymark Code: WMXD0M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
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Long Description:
A pair of Cararra marble vases that flank the Bandstand in Royal Victoria Park, Bath, a gift of Napoleon Bonaparte to the Empress Josephine in 1805, brought from France after the Peninsular War.

The text on the inscriptions reads:
These Vases, the gift of Napoleon Buonaparte to the Empress Josephine (1805), were brought from France after the Peninsular War by Col. Page and bequeathed by the will of Joseph Fuller Esq. of 19 Lansdown Crescent (1874) to the Royal Victoria Park. They were restored and protected by Capt. Ruth (1914)

"Pair of large marble vases flanking bandstand (qv). Carrara marble vases set within Portland stone aedicules. Carved laurel wreaths with ribbon ties to bases encircling letter `J' on southern face. Bases of vases and bases of looped handles to each side ornamented with acanthus leaf carving. Each vase stands on block base on a plain solid stone plinth, set within an aedicule with simplified columns at each angle, carrying a canopy with block top, coved cornice, and inscribed frieze.
HISTORY: Inscription reads: "These vases, the gift of Napoleon Buonaparte to the Empress Josephine (1805) were brought from France after the Peninsular War by Col. Page and bequeathed by the will of Joseph Fuller Esq. of 19 Lansdown Crescent (1874) to the Royal Victoria Park. They were restored and protected by Capt. Huth (1914)." These vases, possibly designed by Percier and Fontaine, were probably produced at the Carrara marble manufactory. Their provenance is remarkable. They have undergone recent conservation, especially to the handles. Victoria Park was laid out in 1830 on the former Barton Fields, an area of common land and was opened by the Duchess of Kent with her daughter, Princess Victoria, on October 23rd 1830. It was the country's first municipal park."

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