• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 21

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED CHINESE CRACKLE GLAZE PORCELAIN VASE

    THE PORCELAIN WITH QIAQING SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820), THE MOUNTS BY ESCALIER DE CRISTAL, PARIS, MID-19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED CHINESE CRACKLE GLAZE PORCELAIN VASE
    THE PORCELAIN WITH QIAQING SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820), THE MOUNTS BY ESCALIER DE CRISTAL, PARIS, MID-19TH CENTURY
    With double-serpent handles, inscribed on the bottom of the foot Escalier de Cristal Paris
    17 in. (43 cm) high


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    The pair to this vase was sold anonymously, Christie's London, 13 November 2001, lot 140.

    The Maison A l'Escalier de Cristal was established in 1802 by the widow Madame Desarnaud, née Marie-Jeanne-Rosalie Charpentier, who managed the business. She exhibited, to great acclaim, at the 1819 Exposition des Produits de l'Industrie held at the Louvre, Paris. The business with a shop and workshop was based in the Palais Royal, a center of excellence for high quality jewellers, silversmiths and manufacturers of objets de vertu, for which Paris was renowned. They dealt in and carried an extensive stock of porcelain, some of which they mounted, such as the present lot.

    A related Chinese vase with crackle glaze mounted in Russia from a drawing by A.N. Voronikhin, also with serpent mounts, is at Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg, and is illustrated in I. Sychev, Russian Bronze, Moscow, 2003, p. 91.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 20 September 2002, lot 349.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOT 21)