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It is difficult to know the exact place where this vase was during Antiquity. Although dated 1st century BC, it appeared for the first time in the inventory of the Medici Villa in Rome in 1598 under the name of "marble pillar telling the story of Iphigenia".
This marble vase, a bell-shaped crater that was used to mix water and wine in the Ancient times, is now on display at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
It appears with the Borghese vase as one of the most copied and admired vases of the modern era.
In the Antiquity, the monumental craters were perceived as signs of great wealth and adorned the gardens of the rich Romans. Since the XVIIth century, most gardens of the European palaces were decorated with more or less faithful copies of these large vases. A decorative fashion for these antique vases that was launched during the French Renaissance.
The Atelier Bidal in Provence proposes a choice of magnificent reproductions of these vases full of history, made in natural French limestone in our workshops. A perfect decoration to bring a stylish and authentic side to your garden !