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Possibly vase 'Bachelier à anses élevées' of the second (or third) size
  • Pair of Vases and Covers
  • Possibly vase 'Bachelier à anses élevées' of the second (or third) size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724 - 1806), Designer
    Probably Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1769 (vase and cover)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, gilded
  • C288, Object size: 44.8 x 24 cm
    C289, Object size: 44.9 x 24.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls and '1969'
    Incised mark: 'Bo'
  • C288-9
  • Dining Room
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Further Reading
  • Illustrating the new neoclassical forms which became fashionable in the 1760s, these vases feature typical decorative motifs from that period – pine knops, Vitruvian and acanthus scroll bands and scrolled acanthus leaves forming handles on the sides. The model was designed by Jean-Jacques Bachelier (op. 1748/51-93), who initially worked as an artistic director overseeing the painted decoration at Sèvres, and occasionally supplied vase models from the mid-1760s.
    Decorated with an overglaze ‘bleu nouveau’ ground (introduced in 1763 to replace the previous underglaze blue), the gilding includes elaborate bands of scrolled foliage and its superior quality suggests that it was applied by Etienne-Henry Le Guay (op. 1742-3, 1748-9, 1751-96. A long-serving worker, he was the factory’s finest gilder, despite having lost the use of his left hand during a sword fight.
    With a 'vase sirènes' (see C333) these pieces originally formed a garniture of five which was sent by the comte d’Artois to the Prince Velbruck of Liège in 1781 in exchange for four horses. In the nineteenth century they found their way into the collection of Felix Montfort (also recorded as the Count of Schomburg) and Lord Wellesley (Brussels).