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Vase 'Paris', probably 'Paris de milieu' of the second size
  • Vase and Cover
  • Vase 'Paris', probably 'Paris de milieu' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jaques-François Paris (or Deparis) (1735 - 1797), Designer
    Jean-Armand Fallot (active between: 1764 - 1790), Painter
    Jean Chauvaux (1735 - 1807), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1779
  • Hard-paste porcelain and enamel colours, painted and gilded
  • C331, Object size: 38.9 x 22.2 cm
    C332, Object size: 39.4 x 22.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls surmounted by a crown Painted in gilding
    Painter's mark: 'F' for Fallot Painted in silver
    Painter's mark: '•F•' for Fallot
    Gilder's mark: 'IN' for Jean Chavaux Painted in gilding
    Incised mark: 'Vase Paris de milieu .2.g.d.'
    Incised mark: A scrolling 'N'
  • C331-2
  • Study
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • These vases were named after Jacques-François Paris (op. 1746-97) who designed several new shapes in the late 1770s.

    They are among the few pieces of hard-paste porcelain in the Wallace Collection. Hard-paste wares weren’t introduced at Sèvres until the late 1760s and such large arabesque designs were specifically created for these early examples, as Sèvres was still experimenting to recreate the vibrant ground colours of their soft-paste products.

    Details in the decoration suggest that the vases were made on the occasion of a marriage or birth: one side depicts two amorous birds, the bow and quiver above them also symbolising love, while other shows them nesting in a tree.

    The novelty of adding silver to the decoration was not successful as it would quickly tarnish to an unsightly black, and soon the factory was to use platinum instead.