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Possibly vase 'à flame'
  • Vase and Cover
  • Possibly vase 'à flame'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1770 - 1775
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 39.4 x 19.4 cm
  • Incised mark: 'PT'
  • C320
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  • The name of this vase, which fittingly has a modelled flame on the cover and a painted flame over the cherub’s head, is probably a reference to the Divine Right of Kings.

    Additional symbols of the French monarchy (the 'fleur-de-lys' motif on the cherub’s shield) and Justice (a scale) suggest that it commemorates Louis XV taking control of France’s juridical system after abolishing the parliaments in 1771. This would also be supported by the inscription of this date on two 'vases à boulons’ (see C314-15 on the same shelf), which are decorated with the same 'bleu céleste' ground and formed a set with this piece.