Pierre Philippe Thomire (French, 1751–1843)
Malachite, gilt-bronze, and bronze
H. with pedestal 110 in. (279.4 cm), H. of vase 67 1/2 in. (171.5 cm), H. of pedestal 42 1/2 in. (108 cm)
Purchase, Admiral F. R. Harris Gift, 1944 (44.152a,b)
This celebrated vase was made for the Florentine house of Count Nicholas Demidoff. The Russian Demidoff family owned the lands from which the malachite was mined.