Superb early 19th century French cast iron urn by the J.J. Ducel foundry, well cast with swagged garlands on both sides draped through the handles, a variation of the Greek key design. The urn is covered with a acanthus decorated removable top, often referred to as a winter cover, surmounted by a pineapple. The winter cover protected the urn from freezing water, while still providing an elegant appearance when the urn was not planted.
The J. J. Ducel foundry was founded in 1810, operated until 1878 and produced some of the finest French cast iron garden ornaments of its time. This urn exemplifies the quality produced by the firm.