The Wallace Collection

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Vase 'chinois' or 'à pied de globe' of the first size
  • Vase and Cover
  • Vase 'chinois' or 'à pied de globe' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Jean-Louis Morin (1732 - 1787), Painter
    Possibly Pierre-Nicolas Pierre (*1745), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1773 (vase and cover)
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 65.7 x 23.7 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'u' the date letter for 1773 Painted in grey
    Painter's mark: 'M' for Jean-Louis Morin Painted in grey
    Gilder's mark: 'Pe', possibly for Pierre-Nicolas Pierre
    Incised mark: 'cd'
    Label: 'XX' and '300'
  • C309
  • Study
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The title of this model is ambiguous: it may either have been named after its half-globe like stand or it could be a modification of a similar shape with sculpted Chinese heads.

    The gilding was probably applied over the 'beau bleu' ground by Pierre-Nicolas Pierre (op. 1759–76) and the painted flowers on the back are attributed to Nicolas-Laurent Petit (op. 1756-1800). Jean-Louis Morin (op. 1754 to 1787), who was famed for his marine subjects, painted the harbour scene on the front. The Sèvres painters often repeated popular motifs and two other vases at the Wallace Collection (see C212-13) show the same decoration.

    The vase may have been bought by the maréchal de Soubise at the big annual sale at Versailles on 27 December 1773 for the high sum of 960 livres.