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Probably vase 'à bâtons rompus' of the second size
  • Vase and Cover
  • Probably vase 'à bâtons rompus' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716 - 1791), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1765 - 1770
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 37.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Inscription: 'Pourier' Indistinct, in red
  • C270
  • Back State Room
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  • Introduced in 1763, this classically-inspired model features elements from ancient architec-ture: flutes and triglyphs on stem and shoulder and a meander-like decoration on the lower part. It was probably designed by the sculptor Etienne-Maurice Falconet (op. 1757-66), who besides vase designs mainly supplied models for biscuit figures to the manufactory (see C492 and C493-4)
    Decorated with overglaze ‘bleu nouveau’ ground colour (introduced in 1763 to replace the former underglaze blue), the front reserve shows three children watching a peepshow, a Savoyard scene possibly painted by Charles-Eloi Asselin (op. 1765-98, 1800-04). Peasants from the Savoy Alps frequently visited French fairs with their simple entertainments at the time and were popular motifs in eighteenth-century art. This scene is based on Falconet’s biscuit group ‘The magic Lantern’, which had been introduced in 1757 after designs of François Boucher.
    The trophy on the back, probably painted by Louis-Gabriel Chulot (op. 1755-1800), takes up the Savoyard theme with various musical instruments and toys, a magic lantern, and a dancing marmot in a box.
    The inscription inside the vase’s cover may refer to the important Parisian dealer Philippe Poirier, who possibly bought it with Dominique Daguerre in 1776.
    The gilt-bronze stand is a later addition, probably from the nineteenth century.