The Wallace Collection

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Vase 'bouteille en écharpes'
  • Pair of Vases and Covers
  • Vase 'bouteille en écharpes'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1765 - 1770 (vase and cover)
    18th century (collar and stand)
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, gilded. Gilt-bronze stand
  • Object size: 24.1 x 13.5 cm
    Height: 28.7 cm, with gilt bronze mounts
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls
    Incised mark: 'cd'
  • C280-1
  • Back State Room
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • Illustrating the new neoclassical forms that became fashionable in the 1760s, these vases have spiralling flutes on the neck and sashes draped below the shoulder. Their design may have been inspired by two Chinese vases which were described in the inventory of the duc d’Aumont’s collections in a similar way, bottle-shaped with fluted neck and sash decoration.
    Instead of featuring painted decoration, the juxtaposing of the dark blue ‘bleu nouveau’ colour with the white ground and elaborate gilded pattern draws attention to the model’s refined shape.
    Although gilt-bronze elements were often added in the nineteenth century, several examples of this model are known with mounts in the eighteenth century. The collars, decorated with lions’ masks suspending chains, and the lion’s-paw footed stands, are thus probably contemporary to the porcelain.