The urn is carved with two hippocamps, legendary creatures which were half horse and half fish, which flank the trident of the sea god Neptune. The design is thought to have come from the workshops of Giambattista Piranesi (1720-1778), the son of a stonemason, who became one of the greatest printmakers of the 18th Century. His skill in etching was used to record his vast range of interests, and in particular, the remains of Ancient Rome. Many of his designs incorporated antique fragments discovered in archaeological excavations and were popular all over Europe.
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A marble urn and cover, after the Antique.