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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
  • This model was named after its designer Jacques-François Paris (op. 1746-97) who introduced several new shapes in the late 1770s with his name.

    The vases are two of the few pieces of hard-paste porcelain in our collection. Hard-paste wares were not introduced at Sèvres until the late 1760s, gradually superseding the more complex and time-consuming soft-paste technique, which the manufactory had perfected during the 1740s, and which was abandoned in 1804.
    The elaborate arabesque designs on white ground seem to have been devised for these early hard-paste wares, as they could not yet take the vibrant ground colours associated with their soft-paste products.

    Flanked by an arrangement of ornaments and chinoiserie flowers, one vase shows two amorous birds, the trophy above them also symbolizing love with a bow and quiver, while the other vase has the birds nesting in a tree. These themes of love and procreation suggest that the set may have been made on the occasion of a marriage or birth. Details of the design recall the engraving ‘Venus blessé par l’amour’ by Antoine Watteau and Indian chintz flowers influenced by the French designer Jean Bérain.

    The decoration is executed in enamel colours and gilding as well as silvering – a technique that was rarely used at Sèvres.