The Wallace Collection

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Possibly vase 'royal ovale'
  • Vase and Cover
  • Possibly vase 'royal ovale'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Philippe Castel (1746 - 1796), Painter
    Nicolas Sinsson (1738 - 1795), Painter
    Henry (-François) Vincent (1733 - 1809), Gilder
    Possibly Joseph Vernault (+1778), Modeller
    Possibly Leguillier, Modeller
    Possibly Alexis Pépin, Modeller
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1775 - 1780
  • Hard-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 29.4 x 37.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls surmounted by a crown Painted in yellow
    Painter's mark: '∙C∙' for Philippe Castel Painted in yellow
    Painter's mark: Two tied branches for Nicolas Sinsson Painted in yellow
    Gilder's mark: '2000' for Henry-François Vincent Painted in yellow
    Label: 'XX' and '2' 'XX' inscribed and '2' printed
  • C329
  • Study
Commentary
History
Images & Media
  • This vase is one of the few pieces of hard-paste Sèvres porcelain in the Wallace Collection. The technique was introduced in the late 1760s and produced simultaneously with the less economical soft-paste porcelain until the latter was eventually abandoned in 1804.

    The shape resembles the 'vase du roi’ (see museum number C328) which has similarly intricate sculpted elements and also a royal reference in its title. Philippe Castel (op. 1771/2-96/7) and Nicolas Sinsson (op. 1773-95) painted the flowers and trophies. The trophy on the front is love-themed with billing doves, a bow and quiver, flaming torch and roses, and therefore may have commemorated a marriage.