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Oak chippendale-style Belgium vitrine, mid 1900 s.
YEAR OLD CAMEO VASE UNVEILED
Bonhams, one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine
art and antiques, announced in October that it has identified a
magnificent Roman cameo glass vase which may, it claims, be the
most important of its kind in the world.
Bonhams head of antiques Chantelle Rountree says the vase is of
major international importance. "Academically and artistically it is
priceless. Scholars will be evaluating this find for decades."
e 33.5cm-high vase dates from between late First Century BC
to early First Century AD and stands 33.5cm high.
Only 15 other Roman cameo glass vases and plaques are known
to exist today. ese very rare vessels were highly artistic, luxury
items, produced by the Roman Empire's most skilled craftsmen.
Until now, the most famous example has been the Portland vase,
held by the British Museum. It is smaller, standing at only 24cm
high, is missing its base and has been restored three times.
Bonhams experts believe the recently-identified vase, which
is much more complex than others of its kind, could rewrite the
history books on cameo vases.
e first public presentation of the vase in Greece in September
created huge excitement among delegates, who were drawn from
the world's leading museums and cultural institutions.
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