An Important Pair of Sèvres Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Cobalt Blue Porcelain Vases
An Important Pair of Napoleon III Sèvres Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Cobalt Blue Porcelain Vases With Arms for the Royal House of Bourbon. Of exceptional...
DimensionesHeight: 60 cm (24 in)
Ancho: 31 cm (13 in)
Depth: 24 cm (10 in)
An Important Pair of Napoleon III Sèvres Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Cobalt Blue Porcelain Vases With Arms for the Royal House of Bourbon.
Of exceptional quality this striking pair of vases are of urn shape with a central gilt-bronze band and finely cast scrolling acanthus cast arms, each vase is embellished in gilt tooling with a coat of arms for the Royal house of Bourbon, with trumpet shaped necks with stiff-leaf gilt-bronze borders and surmounted by a domed lid with a foliate cast finial; raised on circular socles with gilt acanthus leaf decoration put down on square section bases embellished with floral sprays.
The House of Bourbon is a European royal house of French origin, a branch of the Capetian dynasty. Bourbon kings first ruled France and Navarre in the 16th century. By the 18th century, members of the Bourbon dynasty held thrones in Spain, Naples, Sicily, and Parma. Louis IX’s grandson was the first duke of Bourbon, whose descendants would later become Kings of France. There were five Bourbon monarchs: Henry IV (ruled 1589–1610); Louis XIII (ruled 1610–1643); Louis XIV (ruled 1643–1715); Louis XV (ruled 1715–1774); and Louis XVI (ruled 1774–1792)
Francés, Circa 1870.
** Please note the pair of pedestals are not included with the vases.
Alrededor de 1870
Gilt-Bronze and Porcelain
The Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory was founded to the east of Paris in the disused Royal Château of Vincennes, late in 1739-40. and moved to the village of Sèvres, west of Paris in 1756, en route to King Louis XV’s palace of Versailles.
Here it was also adjacent to Louis’s mistress Madame de Pompadour’s own château at Bellevue. She was delighted with the factory’s new location – as she knew she could entice Louis to take a greater interest in it when it was so near their own residences. Indeed, the King became such a keen patron of the factory that, when it ran into financial difficulties, he bought out the shareholders and became the sole proprietor. The factory remained a royal enterprise until the French Revolution, when it was nationalised.
The popularity of the Louis XV style during the nineteenth century led to a number of companies in and around Paris, creating exceptional Sèvres-Style porcelain based on eighteenth century models and to the same exceptional quality. Often these pieces were of exhibition quality and scale, and finely painted by the best studio painters of the day such as Robert, Desprez and Poitevin.