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Vase 'à boulons'
  • Pair of Vases and Covers
  • Vase 'à boulons'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Charles-Eloi Asselin (1743 - 1804), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1771
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • C314, Object size: 37.5 x 19 cm
    C315, Object size: 37 x 19 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls
    Incised mark: 'c.d'
  • C314-15
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  • Named after its small round handles (boulon means 'bolt' in French), these vases are the only known examples of this model.
    They are decorated with a 'bleu céleste' ground and painted with cherubs presenting military attributes, probably by Charles-Eloi Asselin. A military theme is also reflected in the martial trophies on the backs.
    The vases probably celebrate the French monarchy since the gilded sunflowers on the handles and the sun motifs in the trophies were common royal symbols.

    They formed a set with a similarly decorated 'vase à flame’, also at the Wallace Collection (see C320).