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Possibly vase 'Danemark à cartouche de relief'
  • Pair of Vases
  • Possibly vase 'Danemark à cartouche de relief'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Charles-Nicolas Dodin (1734 - 1803), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1765
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 15.1 x 20.8 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'M' the date letter for 1765 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'k' for Charles-Nicolas Dodin Painted
    Incised mark: Long-tailed 'a'
    Incised mark: 'gaîne'
  • C276-7
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • These vases illustrate the neoclassical influence that became fashionable in the 1760s. The model’s bulbous shape and characteristic small handles were probably inspired by a design by sculptor Jacques-Francois Joseph Saly (1717-1776) who engraved several classically-inspired vases in 1746. A set of these prints was owned by Sèvres’ designer Jean-Claude Duplessis who probably designed this model.
    Its name perhaps commemorates a visit to Paris of Joachim Godske, son of the highly influential Danish statesman and diplomat Adam Gottlob von Moltke, in 1764.
    Matched by pastoral trophies on the backs, the bucolic scenes with children and animals in the front reserves were presumably painted by Charles-Nicolas Dodin, one of Sèvres' most skilled figure painters. They may have adapted several compositions by François Boucher, who frequently provided engravings or drawings to the manufactory. However, the scenes are unusual as they don’t appear on any other pieces.