Each urn is cast with battle scenes in cartouches and with grotesque mask side-handles, with foliate gadrooning and lobing.
They sit on marble plinths, 115cm high; 66cm wide.
The 1867 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Dining Room… A pair of finely chased bronze Vases on marble bases on Square Stone pedestals.’
A pair of urns elsewhere, of this same pattern, are known to be by Elkington & Co. and dated 1837.
They are recorded as: ‘A pair of noble vases of the casting of Cellini standing 41 inches high with medallions of Francis I and Marguerite de Valois; Chevalier Bagard and Louis de la Tremaille and 4 bas reliefs representing the Battle of Marignon in 1515; the taking of Chartres in 1427; the Reduction of Metz in 1552, etc, etc.’