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Vase 'console' of the first size and vases 'à pied de globe' or 'chinois' of the second size
  • Three Vases and Covers
  • Vase 'console' of the first size and vases 'à pied de globe' or 'chinois' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Baptiste-Etienne Genest (c. 1725 - 1789), Grisailles
    Possibly Jacques-François Micaud (1732 - 1811), Painter
    Possibly Philippe Xhrouet (1725 - 1775), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1769
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • C311, Object size: 44.8 x 21 cm
    C312-13, Object size: 47.4 x 19.2 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'q' the date letter for 1769
    Painter's mark: 'x' (indistinct) for Jacques-François Micaud or Philippe Xhrouet
    Incised mark: 'pt'
    Incised mark: 'cd'
    Incised mark: 'Bl'
  • C311-13
  • Front State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This garniture consists of two ‘vases à pied de globe’ or ‘chinois’ (for a detailed description of this model see C309) and a ‘vase console’, which derives its name from the scrolled consoles, linked by laurel swags, on the lower half.
    All three pieces are decorated with a mid-blue ‘bleu Fallot’ ground, overlaid with a gilded pattern of circles and dots. This ground colour was probably named after its inventor, the Sèvres painter Jean-Armand Fallot (op. 1764-90) and is usually combined with ‘incrusté’ flower decoration, here in the form of garlands, which is directly painted into areas where the ground colour has been scraped away, creating an inlaid effect. The medallions were painted in grisaille by Jean-Baptiste Étienne Genest (op. 1752-89), head of the painters’ workshop, and feature figural scenes, cameo heads and trophies in the classical taste. The scene on C311 is from Antonio Tempesta’s engraving ‘Battle between the Greeks and the Amazons’ of 1600.
    The vases were probably delivered to Versailles in December 1769, as part of a set of fifteen (the other vases are now at Waddesdon Manor, Luton Hoo and the Musée Condé). The set may have been dispersed at Louis XV’s annual New Year sale in 1770, where some of the vases were probably bought by the duc de Choiseuil.
    The gilt-bronze stands and covers are later additions from the nineteenth century.