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Probably vase 'à ruban' or 'à couronne' of the first size
  • Vase and Cover
  • Probably vase 'à ruban' or 'à couronne' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Possibly Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724 - 1806), Designer, (cover)
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1767
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 41.5 x 27 cm
  • Incised mark: A scrolling 'C.D'
    Incised mark: 'a.p'
  • C267
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • Introduced in 1763, the sleek shape of this ornamental vase is inspired by classical models. It is decorated with an overglaze ‘bleu nouveau’ ground (introduced in 1763 to the replace the earlier underglaze blue). The front reserve shows a peasant scene, possibly painted by Antoine Caton (op. 1749-98). With slight alterations, the motive derives from the title page of the ‘Diversa Animalia Quadrupedia’, a set of four engravings after Nicholas Berchem, which was published in 1741 by Johannes Visscher. A similarly decorated piece of the same model was formerly in the Alphonse de Rothschild Collection and may have been its pair.
    The vase was possibly owned by Prince Alexander Andreevich Bezborodko (1742-99), an important Russian statesman and collector, and remained with the Koucheleff-Bezborodko family until 1860.