The Wallace Collection

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Vase 'octogone' presumably of the second size
  • Pair of Vases
  • Vase 'octogone' presumably of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Nicolas Le Bel (1749 - 1816), Painter
    Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1773
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 30 x 15.1 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'U' the date letter for 1773
    Painter's mark: 'LB' for Jean-Nicolas Le Bel Indistinct
    Gilder's mark: 'LG' for Etienne-Henry Le Guay
  • C316-17
  • Study
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This vase, deriving its name from the octagonal shape, has unusual folded handles which are seemingly pinned to the body by small brackets. The model was introduced in 1769 and only one other pair is known today.

    Decorated with a blue ‘beau bleu’ ground, both vases are painted with flower arrangements suspended by differently-coloured ribbon bows. Their rich gilding includes husks and rosettes, sprays of flowers and oak garlands.

    The gilt-bronze stands are probably English and from the nineteenth century.