Rare and Unique Vessels at the Elizabeth Street Gallery in New York

 

16th-century stone vessel Image: elizabethstreetgallery.com
16th-century stone vessel
Image: elizabethstreetgallery.com

The Elizabeth Street Gallery, owned by Allan Reiver, is home to an eclectic collection of fine objects from all over the world. Allan Reiver’s gallery features beautiful pieces of art, ranging from marble sculptures to centuries-old artifacts.

Some of the gallery’s oldest and most intriguing pieces come from its selection of hand-carved stone vessels. Made of limestone, marble, and similar materials, these vessels were likely used to collect water by their original owners.

The gallery currently holds a particularly rare, 16th-century stone vessel. Unlike its perfectly rounded counterparts, this piece has slight corners. Each corner is accented with a fantastic creature, as if the beasts were climbing inside the vessel. Delicate flowers and intricate patterns adorn the spaces between the creatures.

Another unusual container at the gallery comes from 15th-century Rome. Obviously very old, it features somewhat primitive carving. According to signage in the gallery, the decorations on this vessel may have been inspired by the acanthus plant.

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