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Vase 'à glands'
  • Vase and Cover
  • Vase 'à glands'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Henry (-François) Vincent (1733 - 1809), Gilder
    Probably Antoine Caton (1726 - 1800), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1781
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 43.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls Painted, in gilding
    Gilder's mark: '2000' for Henry-François Vincent Painted, in gilding
    Incised mark: 'ap'
    Incised mark: 'cd'
    Label: '27' Printed
    Label: '36' Printed
  • C310
  • Study
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  • Named after its sculpted tassels ('glands' in French), the vase illustrates the growing popularity of painted mythological scenes at Sèvres during the neo-classical period. The source for this one is the Aeneid, which tells of Venus showing her son Aeneas the arms she had forged for him (they are also represented in the trophy on the back) and directing him to Dido’s palace. The motif is based on an engraving after Charles-Joseph Natoire.

    Together with two matching 'vases Paris de milieu’, now at Waddesdon Manor, the garniture was possibly bought for the comte and comtesse du Nord in 1782, before it found its way to Russia. Either in the collection of Prince Alexander Andreevich Bezborodko (Grand Chancellor under Catherine the Great and Paul I), or that of his great nephew, Count Alexander Grigorevitch Koucheleff, the garniture remained in St. Petersburg until the 1860s when the dealer Frederick Davis bought it on a visit to Russia.

    The gilt-bronze stand is a later addition.