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Probably vase 'à rubin' or 'à couronne' of the second size
  • Vase and Cover
  • Probably vase 'à rubin' or 'à couronne' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1768 (decoration)
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 33.6 x 21.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'P' the date letter for 1768, the L's upside down in relation to the date letter Gilded
  • C268
  • Reserve Vault 3
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Introduced in 1763, this egg-shaped vase model has inward scrolling handles and a fluted stem decorated with a pearl- and guilloche-patterned collar.
    The blue ‘bleu nouveau’ ground is overlaid with ‘caillouté’ (pebble-effect) gilding, and the painted decoration features a gallant scene in the manner of Antoine Watteau on the front and flowers on the back. While later interpretations of the gallant genre like those by François Boucher were very popular on eighteenth-century Sèvres pieces, Watteau-inspired scenes are rare and appear mostly on nineteenth-century imitations. Taking into account the unusually pale colours of the figural scene, the upside-down gilded factory mark at the bottom and the partially inferior quality of the gilding, it is likely that the vase was redecorated at a later date.
    The gilt-bronze stand, pinecone knop and band on the cover are also later additions, probably from the nineteenth century.