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Probably vase 'à bâtons rompus' of the first size
  • Vase and Cover
  • Probably vase 'à bâtons rompus' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716 - 1791), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1770
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 45.3 x 30 cm
  • Incised mark: A square
  • C271
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • This model was introduced in 1763, when the neo-classical taste was becoming an increasingly important influence at Sèvres. Inspired by elements of antique architecture, the vase was probably designed by the sculptor Etienne-Maurice Falconet (op. 1757-66), who besides vases mainly supplied models for biscuit figures to the manufactory (see museum numbers C492 and C493-4)

    The vase is decorated with a 'bleu céleste' ground and painted with an erotic scene based on François Lemoyne’s painting 'La baigneuse' from 1724, whose bathing figure had also inspired a biscuit statuette by Falconet.
    Here, the image is in reverse to the original, as the Sèvres painter would have worked from an engraving by Laurent Cars which the manufactory in 1764.

    The gilt-bronze collar and stand was added in the nineteenth century and they are probably French.