The Wallace Collection

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Vase 'à panneaux' or 'à perles' of the first size and vases 'ferré' of the first size
  • Garniture of Three Vases and Covers
  • Vase 'à panneaux' or 'à perles' of the first size and vases 'ferré' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716 - 1791), Designer
    Jean-Pierre Boulanger (1722 - 1785), Gilder
    Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
    Jean-Baptiste-Etienne Genest (c. 1725 - 1789), Painter, (marine scenes)
    Charles-Nicolas Buteux (born 1753), Painter, (trophies)
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1779
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • C300, Object size: 49.5 x 26 cm
    C301, Object size: 42.2 x 17.7 cm
    C302, Object size: 41.9 x 18.1 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls Painted
    Gilder's mark: 'B' for Jean-Pierre Boulanger Painted
    Incised mark: '41'
    Incised mark: '∙IO∙'
    Incised mark: 'ier Bono' for Etienne-Henry Bono
  • C300-2
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • Matchingly decorated garnitures, often combining vases of different models, would make for an impressively lavish decoration on the mantlepiece.
    These pieces feature rich gilding over a ‘bleu nouveau’ ground (introduced in 1763 to replace the underglaze ‘bleu lapis’), as well as painted harbour scenes on the fronts and marine trophies on the backs. The trophies include a fishing net and anchor which were taken from the 'Connaissance des Temps', the annual astronomical almanac published by the Académie des Sciences, and a map of French Guyana and Brazil. They were possibly painted by Charles Buteux père (op. 1763-1801), whose anchor mark also suggests that he had a personal connection to shipping or the marine.
    The designs and decoration at Sèvres often referred to contemporary events. Here, the nautical theme may reflect France’s naval engagements in the summer of 1779, when St. Vincent and Grenada were taken from the British.

    In the eighteenth century, the vases were probably in the collection of the duc de Villequier, before they came into that of the 2nd Marquess of Abercorn. The 4th Marquess of Hertford acquired them in 1752-3. The gilt-bronze stands also date from the nineteenth century and were possibly made in England.