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Vase 'du roi'
  • Vase
  • Vase 'du roi'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Jacques Pierre (born 1745 - 1746), Painter
    Probably Jean-Pierre Boulanger (1722 - 1785), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1776
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 34.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls
  • C328
  • Study
Images & Media
  • This bulbous vase is richly decorated with entwined floral garlands, which enclose two oval medallions on the centre of each side. The arrangement of these floral frames is similar to a printed design from Pierre-Elisabeth Fontanieu’s ‘Collection de vases’ of 1770, which might have been the inspiration for the Sèvres model. Although a ‘vase du Roi’ was already introduced in 1773, the shape was probably modified following Louis XVI's accession to the throne in 1774.

    Decorated with a ‘beau bleu’ blue ground, the medallions are painted with flowers and fruit on each side. The sculptural details are entirely covered in gilding, which also includes a pattern of dotted circles, scrolls and husks on the plinth and floral garlands inside the neck.

    The vase originally formed a garniture with two matching ‘vases Adélaïde’, (now at Harewood House). These vases bear the marks of painter Jean-Jacques Pierre (op. 1763-1800) and gilder Jean-Pierre Boulanger (op. 1754-1785), suggesting that these artists also worked on the ‘vase d du Roi’.

    The set was possibly sold to Louis XV’s daughter Madame Adélaïde in 1777.
    The gilt-bronze stand and collar are probably English and are recorded from 1859.