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Vase 'à monter Daguerre'
  • Pair of mounted vases
  • Vase 'à monter Daguerre'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751 - 1843), (mounts)
    Possibly Louis-François Lécot (1741 - 1800), Decorator
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1785
  • Hard-paste porcelain and gilt-bronze, gilded
  • C340, Object size: 31.9 x 19.6 cm
    C341, Object size: 32.3 x 19.5 cm
  • C340-1
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  • As its title indicates, this model was intended to be mounted and therefore is made without a foot or stem. A drawing which is still preserved in the Sèvres archives shows that it was ordered on 29 July 1782 by the Parisian luxury dealer Dominique Daguerre, who often collaborated with the manufactory.
    Daguerre would subsequently have commissioned a bronzier – possibly the acclaimed Pierre-Philippe Thomire – to create the splendid mounts: a lion-footed base and handles formed of coiling sprays of foliage.
    Unusually for this model, the blue 'beau bleu' ground is not plain (see C338-9), but it has been decorated with so-called singeries (‘monkey-tricks’) in gilding.
    These playful depictions of monkeys satirically apeing human behaviour were popular in France since the early eighteenth century but didn’t appear at Sèvres before the 1780s. The colour of the wonderfully detailed gilding is in slightly varied yellow, red and green tones.
    The pair was probably bought by Louis XVI’s aunts, Madame Victoire and Madame Marie-Adélaïde, in 1785 for the exceptionally high price of 900 livres for each piece, reflecting the cost of the lavish mounts.