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Possibly vase 'royal ovale'
  • Vase and Cover
  • Possibly vase 'royal ovale'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Philippe Castel (1746 - 1796), Painter
    Nicolas Sinsson (1738 - 1795), Painter
    Henry (-François) Vincent (1733 - 1809), Gilder
    Possibly Joseph Vernault (+1778), Modeller
    Possibly Leguillier, Modeller
    Possibly Alexis Pépin, Modeller
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1775 - 1780
  • Hard-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 29.4 x 37.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls surmounted by a crown Painted in yellow
    Painter's mark: '∙C∙' for Philippe Castel Painted in yellow
    Painter's mark: Two tied branches for Nicolas Sinsson Painted in yellow
    Gilder's mark: '2000' for Henry-François Vincent Painted in yellow
    Label: 'XX' and '2' 'XX' inscribed and '2' printed
  • C329
  • Study
Images & Media
  • This vase is one of the few pieces of hard-paste porcelain in our collection. Hard-paste wares were not introduced at Sèvres until the late 1760s, gradually superseding the more complex and time-consuming soft-paste technique, which the manufactory had perfected during the 1740s, and which was abandoned in 1804.
    Resembling the ‘vase du roi’ (see C328), this bulbous vase features rich moulded decoration of flowers, foliage and acanthus tips, and has oval medallions with painted flower arrangements on the front and back. The four vertical panels below also show flowers on the sides and a trophy representing love on the front (including billing doves, a bow and quiver, flam-ing torch and roses), while one on the back evokes a musical theme (with a lute, lyre tam-bourine and drums).
    The love trophy may have commemorated a marriage and was possibly painted by Philippe Castel (op. 171/2-96/7).