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    Sale 7627

    Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 6

    A CHINESE REPOUSSE ORMOLU-MOUNTED FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN POT-POURRI VASE

    THE PORCELAIN CHINESE LATE 18TH CENTURY, THE MOUNTS ATTRIBUTED TO BENJAMIN VULLIAMY, CIRCA 1800

    Price Realised  

    A CHINESE REPOUSSE ORMOLU-MOUNTED FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN POT-POURRI VASE
    THE PORCELAIN CHINESE LATE 18TH CENTURY, THE MOUNTS ATTRIBUTED TO BENJAMIN VULLIAMY, CIRCA 1800
    The porcelain with café-au-lait ground and enamelled with cartouches of flowers, the circular domed lid with lily-of-the-valley finial above a pierced band and entrelac loop handles, on a moulded foliate spreading foot
    7¾ in. (19.5 cm.) high; 7½ in. (19 cm.) wide


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    This beautiful ormolu-mounted objet d'art, comprising a 'petite' French-fashioned perfume cassolette, may have been created under the direction of the connoisseur and author William Beckford (d. 1844), famed as 'caliph' of Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire. Beckford's name features in Messrs Vulliamy's accounts dated 1803, when they were having some lacquer tablets mounted in similar manner for a secretaire, designed in the Grecian manner of J.-J. Boileau. Amongst the firms they employed for fine metalwork was that of the Parisian bronze maker Delafontaine of rue St. Honoré (See H. Roberts, 'Beckford, Vulliamy and Old Japan', Apollo, October 1986, p.338-341).

    The Chinese earthen coloured pot evokes Love's Ver Perpetuum of Everlasting Spring with polychromed and never-fading flowers framed in flowered and foliated compartments; while its domed and antique-fluted lid is heraldically 'labelled' by golden 'Beckford' lilies. Presented as a loving-cup, with triumphal palm-wreathed handles tied by a laurel-wreath, it stands on a hollow-sided and palm-wreathed 'altar' plinth. Like some of Beckford's related objets d'art it may have been designed with assistance from Beckford's companion Gregorio Franchi (d.1825). The quality of its ormolu is typical of the Pall Mall firm of Vulliamy & Son, which was headed by the Royal Clockmaker Benjamin Vulliamy (d.1811) assisted by his son Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy (d.1854). Some of Beckford's related ormolu-mounted Chinese porcelain is now displayed at Charlecote, Warwickshire (see C. Wainwright, The Romantic Interior, London, 1989, p. 238: and D. Ostergard (ed.) Beckford: An Eye for the Maginificent, New Haven and London, p. 344-346, nos. 64-67).

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    Provenance

    Prince George, Duke of Kent (d. 1942).