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Probably vase 'ferré' of the first size and vase 'ferré' of the second size
  • Garniture of Three Vases and Covers
  • Probably vase 'ferré' of the first size and vase 'ferré' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716 - 1791), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1779 (vase and cover)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • C264, Object size: 42.4 x 19.2 cm
    C265, Object size: 35.1 x 15.5 cm
    C266, Object size: 35.3 x 16 cm
  • Incised mark: A square
    Incised mark: 'Li'
    Label: 'X' and '476'
    Label: 'X'
    Label: '44'
    Label: 'X' and '475'
    Label: '43'
    Label: '477'
  • C264-6
  • Study
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  • This 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.
    The ‘bleu céleste’ ground decoration is unusually thin and partially translucent on all three vases. The painted decoration however is of the highest quality and can be attributed to Antoine Caton (op. 1749-98) and Louis-Gabriel Chulot (op- 1755-1800). The front reserves of the smaller vases feature gallant pastoral scenes, while the one on the large piece shows a rather unusual motive, a schoolmaster about to beat one of his pupils, with another girl being punished by having to wear asses’ ears. In keeping with the subject, the charming trophies on the sides of this vase show schoolbooks, a doll, kite and various other toys.
    All figural scenes are related to works by François Boucher and were also produced in biscuit porcelain at the manufactory. C265 is based on his ‘Autumn Pastoral (also in the Wallace Collection, P482) and C266 on ‘The enjoyable Lesson’ (National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne). Boucher may have supplied drawings of these compositions to the manufactory, while the schoolmaster scene (original drawing now in the Albertina, Vienna) was available printed form.
    The garniture may have been bought by the Prince de Poix and Bachelier in 1779. In the 19th century, the 4th Marquess of Hertford acquired them in the sale of the maréchal Sébastiani, who had been French Ambassador to London when Hertford House was let as the French embassy.