9 July 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 21,250
Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 30,000
A NEAR PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED CHINESE FAMILLE VERTE PORCELAIN VASES WITH COVERS
THE PORCELAIN KANGXI (1662-1722), THE MOUNTS MID-18TH CENTURY AND LATER
Each with a domed lid surmounted by a naturalistic coral and shell finial, above a pierced C-scroll-cast neck with acanthus leaves and flowerheads, the bulbous body decorated with Chinoiserie scenes, within stylised foliate borders, above a pierced rocaille base, on scroll feet, some mounts stamped with 'C couronné', minor variations in size, both lids with restored breaks
26½ in. (67 cm.) and 26¾ in. (68 cm.) high, respectively (2)
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An interesting feature on these vases is the shell and coral finial to the lid. A finial of closely related form first featured on the lid of a sucrier from the Nécessaire de voyage of Queen Marie Leczynska, as well as on the Louis XV flambé-glazed vase and cover from Luton Hoo, sold by the Trustees of the Luton Hoo Foundation, Christie's, London, 9 June 1994, lot 34.
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Christie's, London, 12 December 1996, lot 208 (£32,200 with premium).