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  Probably vase 'à ruban' or 'à couronne' of the first size
  • Vase and Cover
  • Probably vase 'à ruban' or 'à couronne' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Possibly Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724 - 1806), Designer, (cover)
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1770 - 1775 (vase and cover)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 45.7 x 27 cm
  • Incised mark: '· Bo ·'
    Incised mark: A scrolling 'P.T.'
  • C269
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • With the neo-classical fashion, mythological subjects became increasingly popular on Sèvres porcelain. Here, the erotic scene painted on the front is derived from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It shows Jupiter seducing the nymph Callisto by approaching her under the guise of her patroness Diana.
    The depiction is based on a 1735 engraving by Étienne Fessard after Jean-François de Troy which is still preserved at Sèvres today.
    The vase is decorated with a 'beau bleu' ground and has flowers painted on the back.