Compressed bulbous form, with two scroll-shaped handles. Diameter 86 cm. Height 26 cm.
Purchased at Horsham Antiques, 31/33 Parkgate road, London. July 27th 1984.
From the Collection of Mr W. Hanna. Mr Hanna graduated from Ecole des Beaux Art in Paris, before joining Hyatt International Hotels in Chicago, USA. His work as Senior Vice President covered overseeing the design of hotels worldwide. This including the selection of architects and interior designers, approval of designs and approval of interior finishing materials and furnishings. After retiring Mr Hanna settled down in Malmö with his Swedish wife in beautifully decorated penthouse flat in “Turning Torso” building.
Compare one sold at Sothebys, Garden Statuary
25 September 2007, sale 7861, lot no 131. These are popular today to float flowers in.
The antique Urli has a neoclassical shape with wide mouth, short height and handles on both sides, and was a traditional container used for serving food in temples and holy sites.