In the Sculpture & Decorative Arts Department of the Paul J. Getty Museum, this huge (2m73 high!) bronze vase was made in 1889 by the French artist Jean-Désiré Ringel d’Illzach (1847–1916) . He was a well-known sculpter and engraver in his time, who made portraits of various personalities, e.g. Charles Gounod and Louis Pasteur .
On the base of the vase a number of snails can be seen, but their total number cannot be taken from the pictures available. The snails are dextral specimens of a Helix-like species.
 PGM, INV. 2010.2 (SDA). http://bit.ly/11OArYq.