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
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Illustrating the new neoclassical forms which became fashionable in the 1760s, these vases are decorated with elements derived from classical architecture: flutes, meander-like han-dles, laurel garlands, and the prominent pearl decoration to which this model owes its name.
    The garniture is decorated with an overglaze blue ‘bleu nouveau’ ground (introduced in 1763 to replace the underglaze ‘bleu lapis’), and painted with figural harbour scenes, flowers and marine trophies. The latter include a fishing net and anchor, a depiction of 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 naval associations.
    As Sèvres’ designs and decoration often allude to contemporary events, the seafarer’s theme may refer to 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 the collection of the 2nd Marquess of Abercorn, before the 4th Marquess of Hertford acquired them in 1752-3. The gilt-bronze stands also date from the nineteenth century and are possibly English.