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Vase 'Daguerre ovale' or 'cassolette à monter'
  • Vase with Gilt-bronze Mounts
  • Vase 'Daguerre ovale' or 'cassolette à monter'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751 - 1843), (mounts)
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1786
  • Hard-paste Sèvres porcelain and gilt bronze
  • Object size: 38.9 x 39 cm
  • C342
  • Exhibition Gallery 2
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  • The striking combination of dark blue porcelain and gilt-bronze mounts works very effectively in this design. Deep and vibrant colours were much appreciated in the 1780s and the almost hardstone effect of this vase was no doubt part of its appeal. Made without stem or foot, but intended to be mounted in gilt bronze, the design for the vase came from Dominique Daguerre, a 'marchand mercier' or luxury goods retailer who collaborated with the Sevres porcelain manufactory on several occasions. Although mounted vases were primarily for display, the cover on this model is removable and the frieze below is pierced, which would have allowed it to have been used for pot-pourri with which to scent a room. The anthemion and honeysuckle motif on the frieze is derived from the capitals of the Erechtheion in Athens, a clever conceit that betrays the passion for the Antique displayed by Daguerre's fashionable clientele.
    In 1786 Daguerre bought four 'vases a monter' from Sevres at a higher price than he had previously paid, which suggests that they were four of this new model. Francois Remond recorded in November that year that he had gilded the mounts of four vases 'with corkscrew handles'. It is not known who cast and chased the mounts, but it may have been Pierre-Philippe Thomire's workshop, which was the favoured supplier of mounts to the Sevres manufactory.