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Vase 'Boileau' and vase 'à oreilles' of the first size
  • Garniture of Three Vases
  • Vase 'Boileau' and vase 'à oreilles' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1758 - 1759 (vase and cover)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • C251, Object size: 48.9 x 29.3 cm
    C252-3, Object size: 32 x 16.9 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'F' the date letter for 1758-1759
    Factory mark: 'F' the date letter for 1758-1759 outside the Ls
    Incised mark: '5'
  • C251-3
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This three-piece garniture consists of two pear-shaped vases 'à oreilles' (for a detailed description of this model, see C241-242 and C243) and a vase 'Boileau'. The chalice-shaped model was first introduced in 1758 and is named after Jacques-René Boileau de Picardie, director of Vincennes/Sèvres from 1751.
    All pieces are decorated with 'saffre et verd' ground, a combination of blue and green ground colours, which was highly difficult to produce, as each colour had to be fired seperately. The reserves on the backs are painted with flowers, while the fronts feature figural scenes of military encampments, which are possibly by Jean-Louis Morin (op. 1754-1787). At that time, France was fighting in the Seven Years' War (1756-63), so as often with Sèvres decoration, these were probably inspired by current political events.
    The lavish garniture was possibly bought by Louis XV in 1759 during the big sale annually held at the Court in late December.