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Vase 'hollandois nouveau ovale' of the fifth size
  • Pair of Flower Pots
  • Vase 'hollandois nouveau ovale' of the fifth size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Louis-Denis Armand The Elder, Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1759
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 17.3 x 13.2 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls (foliate) enclosing 'F' the date letter for 1759 Painted
    Maker's mark: a crescent, for Louis-Denis Armand The Elder
    Incised mark: 'cn'
    Incised mark: 'ae'
  • C232-3
  • Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • The Sèvres manufactory was remarkable not only for the design of its vases, but also for their functionality. A means of bringing the garden indoors, this vase would have been used to grow bulb plants. Held in the upper section, their roots could grow through holes at the base and take up the water stored in the separate lower section, which could also be poured through the openings in its neck. When bulbs were out of season, such vases would be used to display either cut flowers or porcelain flowers.
    The model was introduced in 1758 and although its title rarely appears in the manufactory's records, it seems to have remained in production until the 1780s.
    This pair is decorated with dark blue 'bleu lapis' and green ground colours - a combination mainly used between 1758 and 60. The painted decoration shows birds in landscapes, executed by Louis-Denis Armand L’Aîné, (op. 1745-1788) who specialized in this subject matter.