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Vase 'Bachelier à anses tortillées'
  • Pair of Vases
  • Vase 'Bachelier à anses tortillées'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724 - 1806), Designer
    Charles-Nicolas Dodin (1734 - 1803), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1769
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, painted and gilded
  • C292, Object size: 31.5 x 15.2 cm
    C293, Object size: 31.3 x 14.9 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'q' the date letter for 1769 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'K' for Charles Nicolas Dodin Painted
  • C292-3
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • These slender vases, featuring a relief of sage leaves on the neck and entwined branches forming handles on the sides, were possibly designed by Jean-Jacques Bachelier (op. 1748/51-93), who had started working as an artistic director overseeing the painted decoration at the manufactory, and occasionally supplied vase models from the mid 1760s.
    The painted decoration shows gallant pastoral scenes which derive from two engravings by Gilles Demarteau after François Boucher: a shepherd and shepherdess resting beneath a tree (after ‘Les amants surpris’) and a young couple catching birds (after ‘La pipée’). An impression of these prints must have been available in the Sèvres manufactory, since both scenes appear frequently on other pieces. On these two examples they were painted by Charles-Nicolas Dodin (op. 1754-1802/3), one of the most acclaimed figure painters at the manufactory.
    The pair was probably part of a delivery to Versailles in December 1769, while in the nineteenth century they were owned by the second Marquess of Abercorn, who displayed them together with another turquoise-ground ensemble (C290/291) at Bentley Priory.