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Vase 'Paris', probably 'Paris de milieu' of the second size
  • Vase and Cover
  • Vase 'Paris', probably 'Paris de milieu' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jaques-François Paris (or Deparis) (1735 - 1797), Designer
    Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
    Possibly Nicolas-Pierre Pithou (1750 - 1818), Painter
    Possibly Edme-François Bouilliat (1739 - 1810), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1779
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 37.7 x 21.9 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls
    Gilder's mark: 'LG' for Etienne-Henry Le Guay
  • C330
  • Study
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The scrolled acanthus-leaf handles of this model are decorated with laurel garlands, a popular motif in neoclassical design. It was named after its designer Jacques-François Paris (op. 1746-97) who introduced several new models in the late 1770s.

    Decorated with a ‘beau bleu’ blue ground, the vase is painted on the back with a landscape (probably by Edme-François Bouillat, op. 1758-1810) and a gallant scene (possibly by Nicolas-Pierre Pithou, op. 1759/60-67,1769-95) on the front. The shepherd and shepherdess are after a painting by François Boucher, which may have been available at the manufactory in printed versions by Madame Jourdan and Jacques Bonnefoy.

    The cover is possibly a replacement made at Sèvres in the nineteenth century, as the original was missing by 1865.