This exquisite and highy unusual Late Victorian centerpiece consists of an elaborately hand-hammered copper urn with brass embellishments and an ornate brass stand. Together they rise to a height of 14 inches and the urn is 11 inches wide at the top of its graceful handles (slightly wider just below). The set was acquired in England and most likely produced there. Dating would be 1890s, since the exuberant "Gay Nineties" look is very obvious.
While the curvy forms are typically Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts influence is also strongly evident -- especially in such details as the applied brass hearts on the urn and the stylized decorations around the base of the stand.
The urn has served as a vase and/or a planter, with the result that its interior gained a blue-green patina. A few inevitable dings are present, but nothing of real consequence. Overall condition is lovely. The metals are lacquered, so require no polishing to shine brightly -- so brightly, in fact, that they're almost impossible to photograph. (The urn mirrored everything around it; hence, the odd patches of blurred color, reflecting adjacent chairs and even myself in a black sweater.)
This is a most impressive ornament, which no doubt graced the center table around which guests in Victorian parlors circulated. It would be magnificent today on your foyer table or buffet.
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