The Wallace Collection

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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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  • The sculptural decoration of these tall vases is confined to round handles ('boulon' means 'bolt' in French) supporting oak garlands on both sides. The model was probably introduced in 1769 and the vases at the Wallace Collection are the only examples known today.
    They are decorated with a turquoise-blue ‘bleu céleste’ ground, and painted with pairs of cherubs presenting military attributes, probably by Charles-Eloi Asselin. The military theme is complemented by martial trophies on the backs. The gilding includes sunflowers on the handles, which like the sun motifs in both trophies are symbols of the French monarchy. Originally, the vase possibly formed a set with a similarly decorated ‘vase à flame’ also at the Wallace Collection (C320).
    The gilt-bronze stands are later additions from the nineteenth century, probably English.