THE END OF HISTORY
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The Portland Vase
It is not known exactly where and when the vase was found. It is
recorded as being seen in 1601 when it was in the collection of Cardinal
del Monte in Italy. After the cardinal's death it was bought by the
Barberini family where it remained for 150 years. Eventually, in 1778,
it was purchased by Sir William Hamilton, British Ambassador at the
Court of Naples. He brought it to England and sold it to Margaret,
dowager Duchess of Portland, less than two years later, in 1784. In 1786
it came into the hands of her son, the third Duke of Portland, and it
was he who lent it to Josiah Wedgwood, who made it famous through
various copies. It was deposited in The British Museum by the fourth
Duke of Portland in 1810 where it remained, apart from three years
(1929-32) when it was put up for sale at Christie's, but failed to reach
its reserve. It was purchased by the Museum from the seventh duke of
Portland in 1945.
Our Wedgwood copy of the vase dates to the last half of the 19th Century and is 8 inches tall.
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There is nothing quite like the fabulous vintage hand blown glass , the rare ceramics, and the marvelous mid-century modern furniture found at "The End of History". We opened our shop in Manhattan's West Village in 1997. Since then we have amassed more decorative objects from the 50's & 60's in one room than anywhere in the world. As a result we've become the go-to for top editors from magazines as well as a choice source to the best interior designers in the world. We will update this blog often... and as new publications come out and exciting new items hit our shelves!