The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Vase and cover
  • Vase and cover
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France and China
  • 1780 - 1782 (French mounts)
    1736 - 1795 (Chinese porcelain)
  • Porcelain and gilt bronze
  • Height: 37.5 cm, with mounts
    Width: 22.5 cm, with mounts
  • Date mark: Reign mark of the Qianlong period (1736-95) Painted in underglaze blue
  • F350
  • Oval Drawing Room
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  • Vase and cover of grey-green Chinese celadon porcelain, mounted with French gilt bronze. The vases are glazed under their bases and painted with the reign mark of the Qianlong period (1736-95) in underglaze blue. They have an applied reversed C-shape at each side, now concealed with the gilt-bronze female heads. The lids and the top of the vases are mounted with gilt-bronze decoration in the form of radiating palm leaves. In general the mounts transform the squat shape of the Chinese vases into a classical vase outline, similar to that of certain Sèvres vase shapes of 1780-2, notably the vase des ages à têtes de jeunes femmes, although the heads on such vases were modelled completely in the round. This pair of vases seems to have been first recorded in the 1871 inventory for 3 rue Taitbout, one of the Parisian apartments purchased by the 4th Marquess of Hertford and bequeathed to Richard Wallace after the 4th Marquess’ death in 1870.