The Wallace Collection

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Vase 'cassolette Bachelier' of the first size
  • Vase and Cover
  • Vase 'cassolette Bachelier' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724 - 1806), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1790 (vase and cover)
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 23.3 x 31.2 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'NN' the date letter for 1790
    Incised mark: Indecipherable, possibly 'Su'
  • C304
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • Testifying of the neoclassical influences that became fashionable in the 1760s, this model combines a squat, oval shape with laurel-swags, a pinecone knop and scrolled volute handles, while the monochrome figures painted on the shoulder evoke classical relief decoration.
    The oval reserves below show the unusual combination of a harbour scene on the front and a landscape on the back. Harbour scenes are generally rare after 1787 (the year painter Jean-Louis Morin, who was chiefly in charge of these subjects, died), which suggests that the front reserve was painted in the 1780s, while the rest of the decoration was completed in 1790.
    The gilt-bronze stand and knop are probably later additions from the nineteenth century.