The Wallace Collection

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  • Vase
  • Attributed to Jean-Claude Duplessis (c. 1695 - 1774) , (mounts)
  • France and China
  • c. 1750 (French mounts)
    c. 1740 (Chinese porcelain)
  • Porcelain, gilt bronze, brass wire and bronze pegs
  • Height: 54.3 cm
    Width: 30 cm
  • F113
  • Small Drawing Room
Further Reading
  • The authorship of many of the Parisian gilt-bronze mounts that were added to oriental porcelain in the eighteenth century remains anonymous but the ones on this celadon vase are attributed to Jean-Claude Duplessis, a highly talented designer and sculptor who was also a goldsmith and bronze founder. He worked as the 'directeur artistique' of the Sèvres porcelain manufactory between 1748 and 1774 where he designed new models of vases, tea wares and dinner services, and he also designed gilt-bronze mounts for the luxury goods retailer, Lazare Duvaux. The mounts on this vase are reminiscent of the volute-shaped feet and overlapping foliate scrolls found on some of his designs for Sèvres which can be seen on porcelain in the Wallace Collection. Lazare Duvaux was one of the most fashionable dealers and his account books show that he charged extremely high prices; in 1750 he sold two celadon vases mounted by Duplessis to the marquis de Voyer for the enormous sum of 3,000 livres.