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Vase 'chinois' or 'à pied de globe' of the first size
  • Vase and Cover
  • Vase 'chinois' or 'à pied de globe' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Jean-Louis Morin (1732 - 1787), Painter
    Possibly Pierre-Nicolas Pierre (*1745), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1773 (vase and cover)
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 65.7 x 23.7 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'u' the date letter for 1773 Painted in grey
    Painter's mark: 'M' for Jean-Louis Morin Painted in grey
    Gilder's mark: 'Pe', possibly for Pierre-Nicolas Pierre
    Incised mark: 'cd'
    Label: 'XX' and '300'
  • C309
  • Study
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • This tall vase gives the impression of resting in a globe stand (hence its name) and is decorated with various elements from classical architecture. A plaster model similar to this shape is conserved at the Sèvres manufactory, but it is missing the globe stand and has Chinese heads at the sides, hence the ambiguity of the title.
    Decorated with a ‘beau bleu’ ground colour, the painted reserves show flowers, probably by Nicolas-Laurent Petit (op. 1756-1800), on the back and a harbour scene painted by Jean-Louis Morin (op. 1754 to 1787) on the front. The same scene with a group of mariners and a pile of fish can be found on two other vases at the Wallace Collection (see C212-13). The rich gilding was probably added by Pierre-Nicolas Pierre (op. 1759–76).
    The vase was may have been bought by the maréchal de Soubise at the annual sale in Versailles on 27 December 1773.
    The gilt-bronze stand, collar and rings are later additions and are recorded from 1857.