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    Sale 2159

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    21 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 34

    A PAIR OF EUGENE ROUSSEAU EXHIBITION PATE-SUR-PATE BLUE AND CHOCOLATE-BROWN GROUND VASES

    CIRCA 1862, INCISED ROUSSEAU MARKS, THE DECORATION ATTRIBUTED TO LOUIS SOLON

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    A PAIR OF EUGENE ROUSSEAU EXHIBITION PATE-SUR-PATE BLUE AND CHOCOLATE-BROWN GROUND VASES
    Circa 1862, incised Rousseau marks, the decoration attributed to Louis Solon
    Of trumpet form, finely painted and hand-tooled in white slip with maidens attended by putti, beneath ribbon-tied banners, one inscribed 'LE ROI EST MORT * VIVE LE ROI', the other inscribed 'UN POUR TOUS * TOUS POUR UN', on a knopped stem and spreading circular foot
    10½ in. (26.5 cm.) high (2)


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    See the Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the International Exhibition, London, 1862, p. 235 for an engraving of one of the present pair. The contemporary review of the day notes that this collection of works, 'excited universal admiration; his productions are of the highest order of Art, so painted and decorated as to satisfy the artist and the connoisseur, while fully comprehended and estimated also by the general public.' See Bernard Bumpus, Pâte-sur-Pâte, London, 1992, p. 52-65 for a full discussion on the collaborative works made by Solon and Clauss for Rousseau and for other examples preserved at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The present pair was likely studied closely by the artists and directors at W.T. Copeland and Sons.

    Provenance

    W.T. Copeland & Sons, Inv. No. 183 (paper collection labels).