The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Vase 'en burette' of the first size
  • Pair of Ewer Vases
  • Vase 'en burette' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Probably Jean-Baptiste Tandart (1729 - 1816), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1766 - 1767 (vase)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 27.6 x 13.5 cm
  • Incised mark: 'cd'
  • C286-7
  • Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • Although in the shape of a useful object, these ewers would have served purely decorative purposes. Their simple form is highlighted by a looped handle, terminating in a stylized fish tail. Decorated with an overglaze ‘bleu nouveau’ ground (introduced in 1763 to replace the previous underglaze blue), the undulating reserves show flower wreaths, formed by interweaved cornflower and rose garlands. They were probably painted by Jean-Baptiste Tandart (op. 1754-1800), who executed this unusual flower decoration on a similar pair in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
    The vases might have been owned by Louis XV, who bought a pair of vases ‘en burette’ in 1766 for 300 livres each.