A Large Gilt-Bronze and Sèvres Style Cobalt Blue Ground Porcelain Clock Garniture
A Large Gilt-Bronze and Sèvres Style Cobalt Blue Ground Porcelain Three-Piece Clock Garniture. Comprising a mantle clock and a pair of vases and covers....
DimensionsHeight: 62 cm (25 in)
Width: 40 cm (16 in)
Depth: 20 cm (8 in)
A Large Gilt-Bronze and Sèvres Style Cobalt Blue Ground Porcelain Three-Piece Clock Garniture.
Comprising a mantle clock and a pair of vases and covers. The mantel clock modelled with a two-handle neoclassical vase above a rectangular base fronted by a porcelain dial finely painted with cupid and Roman chapters above a panel with neoclassical figures. The side panels of curved shape and painted with classical vistas. The twin-barrel clock movement with strike on bell. The vases painted with courting couples in the Rococo style and with geometric handles terminating in ram’s masks.
The vases signed ‘L. Pepin’. Spurious interlaced L marks.
France, Circa 1880.
Height 62 cm | 24 inches
Width 40 cm | 16 inches
Depth 20 cm | 8 inches
Height 64 cm | 25 inches
Width 30 cm | 12 inches
Depth 18 cm | 7 inches
Gilt-Bronze and Porcelain
Signed ‘L. Pepin’. Spurious interlaced 'L' marks.
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.