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Vase 'pendule Boizot'
  • Clock Vase and Cover
  • Vase 'pendule Boizot'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Louis-Simon Boizot (1743 - 1809), Designer
    Probably Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Decorator
    Probably Vincent Taillandier (1736 - 1790), Decorator
    Louis (or Jean-Louis) Montjoye, (clock and fittings)
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1781
  • Hard-paste porcelain, white gold containing silver, coloured gold, glass and gilt-bronze, gilded
  • Object size: 44.4 x 22.1 cm
  • Inscription: '1781' (and indecipherable name and month) Also indecipherable name and month
    Factory mark: Interlaced Ls In gilding
    Inscription: 'L. Montjoye A. Paris' In pink enamel
    Inscription: 'Montjoye' for Louis Montjoye or Jean-Louis Montjoye fils
  • C337
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • This is one of the few pieces of hard-paste Sèvres porcelain in the Wallace Collection. The model is named after its designer Louis-Simon Boizot (op. 1773-1809) and the clocks on both sides which were specifically designed for the vase by clockmaker Louis Montjoye. The cherub handles are probably inspired by a design from Jacques Stella’s 'Livre de Vases' of 1667 which Boizot had already used for the design of a chimney-piece for Madame du Barry.

    The dotted pattern is known as 'pointillé' ground, and the rich gilding is in three slightly varied nuances to add depth to the sculptural details. The astrology-themed medallions on the sides and the elaborate, probably contemporary stand are in gilt bronze.

    Clock vases were introduced at Sèvres in 1764 and became increasingly popular in the late 1770s.