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Possibly vase 'à feuilles d'acante' or 'à anses tire-bouchon', of the second size
  • Vase and cover
  • Possibly vase 'à feuilles d'acante' or 'à anses tire-bouchon', of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1763 - 1765
  • Soft-paste porcelain, gilded
  • Object size: 13.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Incised mark: A scrolling 'C.D'
    Incised mark: An indecipherable mark, possibly '&'
  • C259
  • Back State Room
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  • Introduced in 1763, this model is one of the earliest neo-classical designs made at Sèvres. While it is named 'vase bassinoire' in a related design drawing, no such items were listed in the production of the time, which suggests that it is a later modification of the original name. Formerly, it may either have been named after the large acanthus leaf decoration (‘à feuilles d’acante’), or the cork-screw trails (‘à anses tire-bouchon’) emerging from the handles.
    Like most of the other known examples, the vase is decorated with an overglaze blue 'bleu nouveau' ground, (introduced in 1763) and gilding over the white leaves.
    When Sir Richard Wallace lend it to the Bethnal Green exhibition in 1872, the vase had a matching pair, whose whereabouts are now unknown.