The Wallace Collection

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Probably vase 'ferré', of the second size
  • Pair of Vases and Covers
  • Probably vase 'ferré', of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716 - 1791), Designer
    Jean-Louis Morin (1732 - 1787), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1767
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 34.9 x 15.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'O' the date letter for 1767
    Painter's mark: 'M' for Jean-Louis Morin
    Incised mark: A square
    Incised mark: 'VVX'
    Incised mark: 'P' ?
  • C261-2
  • Study
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • The name of this vase model refers to the complex arrangement of sculpted ropes, clamps, rings and nails, which seemingly suspend four large panels around the vase. The model was introduced by Sèvres in 1763 and was still in production in the early 1780s.
    Decorated with a 'bleu nouveau' ground (introduced in 1763 to replace the former underglaze blue) and painted on the fronts with scenes of military encampents by Jean-Louis Morin (op.1754-87), the decoration of these vases depicts an idyllic view of military life; actual battle scenes were rare at Sèvres. The flower wreaths on the other panels are possibly by another artist.
    The vases may have been delivered to Versailles in 1767, costing 480 livres each. Later in the century, they possibly found their way into the collection of the duc de Liancourt, from which they were confiscated following the Revolution in 1793.
    The gilt-bronze stands are later additions from the nineteenth century, probably French.