The Wallace Collection

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Vase 'à tête d'éléphant', of the first size
  • Vase with candle-holders
  • Vase 'à tête d'éléphant', of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1759
  • Sèvres soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, painted and gilded
  • Height: 38.8 cm
    Width: 28.7 cm
  • Date mark: Interlaced Ls and 'F' for 1759 Indistinct
    Inscription: '23' In red wax
  • C250
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
  • Vase one of a pair, with candleholders perched on upturned elephant’s trunks. Soft-paste porcelain decorated with a green ground, painted with cherubs in the manner of Boucher, and gilded. Dated 1756 (date-letter D), paitned by C-N. Dodin (op. 1754-1803) height 37.7cm., width 27.7cm. The design is attributed to J-C. Duplessis who worked at the factory from 1754-74; these vases may have belonged to Madame de Pompadour.