The Wallace Collection

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Vase 'à panneaux' or 'à perles' of the third size
  • Pair of Vases and Covers
  • Vase 'à panneaux' or 'à perles' of the third size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716 - 1791), Designer
    Jean-Louis Morin (1732 - 1787), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1766
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • C297, Object size: 33 x 17.6 cm
    C298, Object size: 32.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'n' the date letter for 1766
    Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'N' the date letter for 1766
    Painter's mark: 'M' for Jean-Louis Morin
  • C297-8
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Illustrating the new neoclassical forms which became fashionable in the 1760s, these vases are decorated with typical elements derived from classical architecture: flutes, meander-like handles, laurel garlands, and the prominent pearl decoration to which this model owes its name.
    Decorated with an overglaze ‘bleu nouveau’ ground (introduced in 1763 to replace the un-derglaze blue), both vases are painted with scenes of military encampments on the rectangular front reserves by Jean-Louis Morin, one of Sèvres leading figure-painters. The vases may have been be one of three pairs delivered to Versailles in December 1767.
    The stands of gilt-bronze and black slate are probably French and were added in the nineteenth century.