REF NO : B76630

Sèvres (Style)

An Exceptional Pair of Sèvres Style Iridescent-Ground Porcelain Vases

France, Circa 1900

£42,000

An Exceptional Pair of Gilt-Bronze Mounted Sèvres Style Iridescent-Ground Porcelain Vases and Covers. Each vase of slender oviform, with domed cover...

Dimensions

Height: 71 cm (28 in)
Width: 23 cm (10 in)
Depth: 15 cm (6 in)
REF NO : B76630

Description

An Exceptional Pair of Gilt-Bronze Mounted Sèvres Style Iridescent-Ground Porcelain Vases and Covers.

Each vase of slender oviform, with domed cover and cone finial, the elongated neck with everted mouth painted with a monochromatic lustre reserve of cupid, flanked by female herm handles with robes slipped from one shoulder, scattering flowers from a basket, finely painted with nymphs at the water’s edge with attendant putti, within an elaborate raised-gilt and polychrome scrollwork reserve in the Art Nouveau taste, the reverse with wooded lakeside views, on a conforming socle, and wreath cast shaped circular foot.

Signed to the painted decoration ‘A Collot’.
The underside of the lids with pseudo interlaced ‘L’s’ mark and ‘France’.

France, Circa 1900.

The painter’s signature ‘A. Collot’ probably refers to Eugène Alexis Collet who was born in Paris and working at the turn of the century.

 

Date

Circa 1900

Origin

France

Medium

Gilt-Bronze and Porcelain

Signature

Signed to the painted decoration ‘A Collot’. The underside of the lids with pseudo interlaced ‘L's’ mark and ‘France’.

Sèvres (Style)

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.

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