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
Commentary
History
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The name of this vase model translates as ‘iron-shod’, and it fittingly features a complex arrangement of sculpted ropes, clamps, rings and nails, which seemingly suspend four large panels.
    This pair is decorated with a 'bleu nouveau ground' (introduced in 1763 to replace the former underglaze blue) and painted on the fronts with scenes of military encampents by Jean-Louis Morin (op.1754-87). Typically, they depict an idyllic view of military life, while actual battle scenes were rare at Sèvres. The flower wreaths on the other panels are possibly by another artist.

    The vases were possibly delivered to Versailles in 1767, costing 480 livres each and may have belonged to Louis XV’s mistress, 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.