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.