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Colonne 'à pendule' and 'petit vase pour la colonne à pendule'
  • Column Clock and Miniature Vase Mounted in Gilt Bronze
  • Colonne 'à pendule' and 'petit vase pour la colonne à pendule'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux (born 1730), Gilder
    Germain Dubois, Movement Maker
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1786
  • Soft-paste porcelain, gilded, gilt-bronze and marble
  • Column, Height: 16.4 cm
    Vase, Height: 10.2 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls In gilding
    Gilder's mark: '#' for Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux In gilding
    Factory mark: Interlaced Ls and 'ii' the date letter for 1786 In blue
  • C487
  • Oval Drawing Room
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  • Resting on a marble and gilt-bronze stand, this piece consists of two separate porcelain components: a column housing a clock, and a miniature vase placed on top. Both pieces are decorated with an overglaze blue ground with golden fillets, and joined with gilt-bronze wreaths on the sides. The column was also sold singly and available until the 1790s. Inspired by similar gilt-bronze designs, the model was probably introduced at the initiative of the dealers Philippe Poirier and Dominique Daguerre who specialised in luxury wares incorporating Sèvres porcelain. The cover of the vase is probably a later replacement.