The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Vase 'grec à rosettes' of the first size
  • Pair of Vases and Covers
  • Vase 'grec à rosettes' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1765
  • Soft-paste porcelain, gilded
  • Object size: 48.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'M' the date letter for 1765
    Incised mark: 'R'
  • C272-3
  • Large Drawing Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • These vases illustrate the neoclassical influence that became fashionable in the 1760s, combining a bulbous baluster shape with typical decoraion of fluted pilasters, a Greek-key pattern on the neck, sculpted garlands, rosettes and acanthus tips. The model was introduced in 1763 and possibly designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis (op. 1748-74), who had created some of the most exuberant rococo models during the 1750s. Despite the classical inspiration, the model has the ornate abundance of his earlier designs.
    The richly sculpted vases have no painted decoration. Instead, the overglaze ‘bleu nouveau’ ground colour (introduced in 1763 to replace the earlier underglaze blue) is combined with white ground and generous gilding.
    The garniture was acquired by Horace Walpole, a great advocate of the neoclassical style, who displayed them in his gallery at Strawberry Hill in the late eighteenth century.