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The Most Beautiful Work In Glass Of The Classical Art World, That Was Tragically Broken Once And Miraculously Restored Thrice In The Modern Era, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1989, 50 Minutes.) #PortlandVase #CameoGlass #AncientRomanGlassware #Tragedies #RomanEmpireCameos #VandalizedWorksOfArt #BritishMuseum #BarberiniCollection #GlassWorksOfArt #AncientRome #WilliamLloyd #WilliamMulcahy #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownloadFormat!
Glasswork as fine as this still cannot be reproduced in the modern era. The Portland Vase is a priceless artifact of the finest beauty and has inspired artisans and art lovers worldwide since its discovery in 1582. However, on February 7, 1845, while on display at the British Museum, the vase was shattered by William Mulcahy, a drunken student from Trinity College who, after drinking all the previous week, threw a nearby sculpture on top of the case smashing both it and the vase. This catastrophe was remedied by retorer John Doubleday immediately thereafter, but by 1948, it required a further restoration, and by 1988, it was decided to fully disassemble and reassemble the vase in as permanent a manner as possible. This documentary chronicles the entire fascinating and painstaking process of this 1988 restoration by Nigel Williams and Sandra Smith while at the same time recounting the history of the vase, the secrets of its manufacture and the profound effect it has had on neoclassical and modern art.
The Portland Vase is a Roman cameo glass vase, which is dated to between AD 1 and AD 25, though low BC dates have some scholarly support. It is the best known piece of Roman cameo glass and has served as an inspiration to many glass and porcelain makers from about the beginning of the 18th century onwards. It is first recorded in Rome in 1600-1601, and since 1810 has been in the British Museum in London. It was bought by the museum in 1945 (GR 1945,0927.1) and is normally on display in Room 70. The vase is about 25 centimetres (9.8 in) high and 56 cm (22 in) in circumference. It is made of violet-blue glass, and surrounded with a single continuous white glass cameo making two distinct scenes, depicting seven human figures, plus a large snake, and two bearded and horned heads below the handles, marking the break between the scenes. The bottom of the vase was a cameo glass disc, also in blue and white, showing a head, presumed to be of Paris or Priam on the basis of the Phrygian cap it wears. This roundel clearly does not belong to the vase, and has been displayed separately since 1845. It may have been added in antiquity or later, or be the result of a conversion from an original amphora form (paralleled by a similar blue-glass cameo vessel from Pompeii). It was attached to the bottom from at least 1826. At 3:45 PM on February 7, 1845, the Portland Vase was shattered by William Lloyd who, after drinking all the previous week, threw a nearby sculpture on top of the case, smashing both it and the vase. He was arrested and charged with the crime of willful damage. When his lawyer pointed out an error in the wording of the act which seemed to limit its application to the destruction of objects worth no more than five pounds, he was convicted instead of the destruction of the glass case in which the vase had sat. He was ordered to pay a fine of three pounds (approximately 350 pounds equivalent in 2017 or spend two months in prison. He remained in prison until an anonymous benefactor paid the fine by mail. The name William Lloyd is thought to be a pseudonym. Investigators hired by the British Museum concluded that he was actually William Mulcahy, a student who had gone missing from Trinity College. Detectives reported that the Mulcahy family was impoverished. The owner of the vase declined to bring a civil action against William Mulcahy because he did not want his family to suffer for "an act of folly or madness which they could not control". The vase was pieced together with fair success in 1845 by British Museum restorer John Doubleday, though he was unable to replace thirty-seven small fragments.