Monumental vase

Maker: pedestal and mounts by Pierre Philippe Thomire (French, Paris 1751–1843 Paris)

Date: lapidary work: early 19th century; pedestal and mounts: 1819

Culture: Probably Italian, Florence and French, Paris

Medium: Russian malachite, composite filling material; gilt-bronze mounts; bronze pedestal

Dimensions: Overall: H. with pedestal 109 1/4 in., Wt. 1575lb. (277.5 cm, 714.4153kg); Vase: H. without pedestal 63 3/4 x Circum. at top 54 x Circum. at bottom 30 (161.9 x 137.2 x 76.2 cm); Pedestal: H. 45 1/2 x W. 37 1/2 x D. 37 1/2 in. (115.6 x 95.3 x 95.3 cm)

Classification: Natural Substances

Credit Line: Purchase, Admiral Frederic R. Harris Gift, 1944

Accession Number: 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.