The Wallace Collection

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Vase 'du roi'
  • Vase
  • Vase 'du roi'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Jacques Pierre (born 1745 - 1746), Painter
    Probably Jean-Pierre Boulanger (1722 - 1785), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1776
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 34.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls
  • C328
  • Study
Images & Media
  • The intricate flower garlands of this intricate vase are probably inspired by a similar design from Pierre-Elisabeth Fontanieu’s 'Collection de vases' of 1770. Here, they are entirely covered in gilding which gives the piece a wonderfully rich appearance. Interspersed lily branches reflect the fact that this model was introduced to mark the coronation of Louis XVI in 1775, as the 'fleur de lys' was the symbol of the Bourbon monarchy.
    A pair of 'vases Adélaïde’ with matching decoration, now at Harewood House in Yorkshire, reveals that this 'vase du roi’ was the centrepiece of a garniture, painted by Jean-Jacques Pierre (op. 1763-1800) and gilded by Jean-Pierre Boulanger (op. 1754-1785). Certainly a design fit for royalty, the garniture was possibly owned by Louis XV’s daughter Madame Adélaïde.

    The gilt-bronze stand and collar are later additions, probably English.