Vase 'E de 1780' of the first size and vases 'E de 1780' of the second size
  • Garniture of Three Vases and Covers
  • Vase 'E de 1780' of the first size and vases 'E de 1780' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jaques-François Paris (or Deparis) (1735 - 1797), Designer
    Possibly Charles-Eloi Asselin (1743 - 1804), Painter, ('mignatures')
    Possibly Edme-François Bouilliat (1739 - 1810), Painter, ('fleurs sur terrasses')
    Possibly Joseph Coteau (1740 - 1812), Enameller
  • Sèvres, France
  • Date: 1781
  • Medium: Soft-paste porcelain, painted, gilded and with jewelled enamelling
  • Object size: C334, 47.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Object size: C335, 39.3 x 19 cm
  • Object size: C336, 38.9 x 18.6 cm
  • Inv: C334-6
  • Location: Study
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Further Reading
  • This splendid garniture comprises three vases of the same model, set on lions' -paw feet, whose unusual name is probably a creation of the early nineteenth century. Originally it might have been known as the vase ‘Paris de nouvelle forme’ which would suggest that it was designed by Jacques-François Paris (op. 1746-97).

    The striking jewel-like decoration was achieved by applying enamelled gold-leaf foils on the 'beau bleu ground'. Joseph Coteau (op. 1780-4) perfected this intricate and exceptionally rich technique, and may also have decorated this garniture. Despite his success at Sèvres, Couteau's service terminated after only four years because of his difficult personality.

    On their fronts the vases are painted with mythological scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, after compositions by François Boucher and Charles Eisen: Pygmalion and Galatea, Primavera with two Cherubs and Bacchus accompanied by two child satyrs. While these were possibly painted by Charles-Eloi Asselin, the bucolic landscapes on the backs are attributed to Edme-François Bouilliat.

    Sèvres pieces decorated in the rare and costly jewelled enamelling technique were often given by Louis XVI as diplomatic gifts. This garniture, originally probably bought by Marie Antoinette, was later presented by the king to Prince Henry of Prussia, brother of Frederick the Great, during a diplomatic visit to Paris in 1784.

    The gilt-bronze stands are French, possibly eighteenth century.