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Possibly vase 'à festons' or 'grec et à guirlandes'
  • Vase and Cover
  • Possibly vase 'à festons' or 'grec et à guirlandes'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Possibly Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716 - 1791), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1763 (vase and cover)
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, gilded
  • Object size: 30.5 x 29.7 cm
  • Label: 'X' and '42' '42' printed
  • C260
  • Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • A classical-inspired model, this vase urn-shaped may have been known as a 'vase grec à festons' or a 'vase grec et à guirlandes' in the eighteenth century - both names are listed in Sèvres' records from 1763.
    This example is decorated with an overglaze blue 'bleu nouveau' ground (introduced in 1763 to replace the underglaze blue) and generous gilding, including a 'vermiculé' ('worm-tunnel') pattern on the cover and 'sablé' (sand) pattern on the flutes.
    The knop on the cover is a later replacement.