The Wallace Collection

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Possibly vase 'd'urne antique à feuillages'
  • Pair of Vases and Covers
  • Possibly vase 'd'urne antique à feuillages'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724 - 1806), Designer
    Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
    Etienne-Henry Bono (1742 - after 1781), Repareur
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1771 - 1776
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • C321, Object size: 38.6 x 26.4 cm
    C322, Object size: 39.3 x 26.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls Painted in mauve
    Gilder's mark: 'LG' for Etienne-Henry Le Guay Painted in mauve
    Incised mark: 'Bono' for Etienne-Henry Bono
    Label: 'III'
  • C321-2
  • Study
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The veiled heads with floral wreaths on both sides of the vases are possibly intended to represent nuns, and reflect Madame Marie-Adélaïde’s sister, Madame Louise, entering a Carmelite convent in 1770.
    Sculptural flower garlands seemingly support oval medallions on both sides, which were probably painted by Claude-Gilles Buteux (op. 1778-90) and show hunting and pastoral trophies. Unusually for Sèvres wares, the modeller of the vases can also be identified by his mark as Etienne-Henry Bono (op. 1754-81).
    Assembled as a garniture with three other vases in the Wallace Collection (C228-9 and C333) with matching ‘beau bleu’ and gilded decoration, the piece was sent by the comte d’Artois to the Prince de Velbruck of Liège in 1781 in exchange for four horses. In the nineteenth century the set found its way into the collections of Felix Monfort (also known as the Count of Schomburg) and Lord Wellesley.

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