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Vase 'urne antique'
  • Pair of Vases
  • Vase 'urne antique'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Jean-Pierre Ledoux (*1734), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1759
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • C244, Object size: 33.6 x 19.8 cm
    C245, Object size: 33.6 x 19.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'F' the date letter for 1759 Painted
    Painter's mark: A crescent for Louis-Denis Armand the Elder Painted, indistinct
  • C244-5
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • First introduced in 1755, when criticism against the 'rocaille' style was growing, this bottle-shaped vase has a classical reference, without however losig it rococo flourishes. Chief designer Jean-Claude Duplessis may have known the "plusieurs Traits de vases antiques” (several traits of antique vases), probably supplied to the manufactory by the painter and architect Jean-Louis Le Lorrain (1715-1758) in 1754. However, the vase's scalloped and pierced handles and scroll-footed base soften any resemblance to an ancient urn.
    The model usually came with a shallow cover, which is missing on both pieces and the gilding inside the necks may indicate that they were never intended. Front and back reserves are painted with birds in landscapes, and since both sides of the vases are of equal importance, they were apparently intended to be seen in the round and might have been displayed in the middle of a room, against a mirror, or they might have been turned around, according to which motive you wished to see.