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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1932.56.116
Title
Large Open Vessel With Claw Feet
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
n.d.
Places
Creation Place: Unidentified Region
Period
Modern
Culture
Unidentified culture
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/303981
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Copper alloy
Technique
Cast and hammered
Dimensions
28.2 x 52.3 x 71 cm (11 1/8 x 20 9/16 x 27 15/16 in.)
Technical Details

Technical Observations: The patina consists of a coppery dark brown with a thin layer of green in many areas. The object is dented in many areas. The numerous mechanical and lead repairs in the sheet metal are original repairs from the time of fabrication.

This does not appear to be an antiquity. There is only minor corrosion. It appears to have been made as a replica or as a utilitarian vessel in the style of an antiquity. Except for the cast feet, the various sheet metal components, which appear to have hammer marks and to have been formed by raising, are held together mechanically by locking into one another, often with the assistance of lead solder.


Henry Lie (submitted 2012)

Provenance
Dr. Harris Kennedy, Milton, MA (by 1932), gift; to the William Hayes Fogg Art Museum, 1932.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Dr. Harris Kennedy, Class of 1894
Accession Year
1932
Object Number
1932.56.116
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Large open vessel with claw feet. Out-turned lip decorated with four separately attached scallop shells in relief. Each leg decorated with tree design. Intact. Antiquity of object is in question. Patina not clearly ancient and iconography unusual. Patch repairs to body of vessel. Legs attached with considerable lead. Lip strengthened with additional sheet metal beneath.

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