Galloway Urns

Item #05998

Description:
A very fine pair of stoneware urns after a first-century-B.C. marble original known as the Townley Vase, marked “GALLOWAY POTTERY PHILADELPHIA”, ca. 1915.  35 ins. high, 21 ins. overall width, 12.5 ins. square at base.

Literature: No. 183 in the Galloway Terra Cotta Company catalog, Terra Cotta and Pottery for Garden, Terrace and Interior Decoration, ca. 1915, p. 20.  Established in 1810, Galloway was a leading manufacturer of ornamental terra cotta throughout the nineteenth century.  Founded by William Galloway, and later joined by John Graff (from 1868 to 1889, the company was known as Galloway & Graff), the iconic firm produced a wide range of decorative objects and garden ornament.  His products earned awards at the 1876, 1893, and 1904 World’s fairs. The last incarnation of the company, the Galloway Terra-Cotta Company, operated from 1911 until 1941.

The original Roman marble vase was discovered in 1773 by the Scottish antiquarian and dealer in antiquities Gavin Hamilton (1723-1798). It was subsequently named for Charles Townley (1737-1805) who purchased the vase from Hamilton in 1774. It was purchased by the British Museum after his death.

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