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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
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1770
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, painted and gilded
  • C294, Object size: 31.2 x 15.5 cm
    C295, Object size: 31.4 x 15.4 cm
  • Incised mark: 'PT'
  • C294-5
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
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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 1760’s.
    The front reserves are painted with two erotic mythological scenes, ‘Jupiter and Antiope’ and ‘Venus in the Sea’. The former is derived from Étienne Fessard’s engraving after a composition by Carle van Loo, the latter from a print by Jean-Charles Levasseur after François Boucher.
    The vases may have been bought by Lord Harcourt, British Ambassador to France, in 1770, together with two matching ‘vases à têtes de Boucs’. Alternatively they belonged to Mad-ame du Barry, who acquired a pair of similar description in 1773 together with a third vase, possibly the ‘vase à têtes de sphinx’ also in the Wallace Collection (see C327). This garniture may have been in the collection of the 2nd Marquess of Abercorn at Bentley Priory until the 1850s and the gilt-bronze stands, collars and covers were probably added during this time.