The Wallace Collection

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Probably vase 'ferré', of the second size
  • Pair of Vases and Covers
  • Probably vase 'ferré', of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716 - 1791), Designer
    Jean-Louis Morin (1732 - 1787), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1767
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 34.9 x 15.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'O' the date letter for 1767
    Painter's mark: 'M' for Jean-Louis Morin
    Incised mark: A square
    Incised mark: 'VVX'
    Incised mark: 'P' ?
  • C261-2
  • Study
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  • This classical-inspired model combines a simple urn shape with opulent sculpted decoration of pearl-collars ribbons, garlands and a complex arrangement of ropes, clamps and rings, which seemingly suspend the large panels on each side.
    Decorated with an underglaze ‘bleu nouveau’ ground (introduced in 1763 to replace the former underglaze blue), the scenes of military encampents on the front panels of both vases were painted by Jean-Louis Morin (op.1754-87), one of Sèvres’ most skilled figure-painters who specialized in this subject. The flower wreaths on the other panels are possibly by another artist.
    The pair may have been part of a delivery to Versailles in 1767/68 costing 480 livres each, and perhaps belonged du Madame du Barry. Later in the century, they possibly found their way into the collection of the duc de Liancourt, from which they were confiscated following the Revolution in 1793.

    The gilt-bronze stands are later additions from the nineteenth century, probably French.