The Wallace Collection

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Vase 'cassolette Bachelier' of the first size
  • Vase and Cover
  • Vase 'cassolette Bachelier' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724 - 1806), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1790 (vase and cover)
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 23.3 x 31.2 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'NN' the date letter for 1790
    Incised mark: Indecipherable, possibly 'Su'
  • C304
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  • The neo-classical shape of this 'beau bleu' ground vase is complemented by the monochrome figures of ancient gods on its shoulder, which evoke classical relief decoration.
    The harbour scene painted in the front reserve below makes for an unusual combination. Generally, harbour scenes are rare at Sèvres after 1787 (the year the painter Jean-Louis Morin, who was chiefly in charge of these subjects, died), and it is thus likely that this one was painted in the 1780s, while the rest of the decoration was completed in 1790. A skillful painter added the atmospheric landscape in the front reserve, and the imaginative gilding includes snakes, butterflies, snails and birds.
    The gilt-bronze stand and knop are probably later additions from the nineteenth century.