A pair of ornaments of 17th Century Italian silver flowers in 18th Century English gilt metal urns.

With circular wooden bases and glass domes, height approximately 46 cms.

Flowers of this type used to be made in Sicily, especially in Palermo. The urns are thought to be by Mathew Boulton of Birmingham. Two similar ornaments used to be part of the altar decoration in the chapel of Holics castle (Slovakia), which was acquired by Emperor Francis I in 1736. After the dissolution of the chapel they became part of the Ecclesiastical Treasury in Vienna Museum in 1897. 

REFERENCE: SIL05019

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