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

    9 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 275

    A PAIR OF MINTON EXHIBITION COBALT-BLUE GROUND VASES

    DATE CYPHER FOR 1861, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARKS, THE FORM DESIGNED BY ALBERT-ERNEST CARRIER-BELLEUSE

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    A PAIR OF MINTON EXHIBITION COBALT-BLUE GROUND VASES
    Date cypher for 1861, impressed uppercase marks, the form designed by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
    Each of shield shape, the waisted neck molded with spiraling flutes bordered by bands of key-pattern and undulating laced ribbon flanked by two gilt rocaille shell and bulrush-molded handles, the body finely painted with a continuous floral garland of tea roses and nastursiums, all supported by four addorsed alternating male and female putti seated above a stepped circular foot molded with oval medallions, on a square base enriched with gilt bands
    31½ in. (80 cm.) diameter (2)


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    Following their great success at the Crystal Palace Exhibition, Minton was lauded as an international leader of decorative art production and design at The London Exhibition of 1862. The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of that year celebrates the present pair of vases as 'exquisitely beautiful works' and provides us with a detailed editorial and engraving. Their description reads, 'The large Vase (of which there are two in the Exhibition) measures rather more than two yards in circumference. The support is formed by a group of four cupids nearly "life-size," joined together by the arms. The central part is decorated with a wreath of large rose of various colours. The modelling was executed by Mr. ALBERT CARRIER.'

    Albert-Ernest Carrier Belleuse, French (1824 - 1887) is noted as one of the most prolific and versatile sculptors of the 19th century. In 1876 Carrier-Belleuse was made artistic director at Sèvres.

    Also see Paul Atterbury and Maureen Batkin, The Dictionary of Minton, London, 1990, p. 80 for a stereoscopic view of the Minton stand at the 1862 Exhibition, one of the present pair prominently displayed at the left.

    Provenance

    Propiedad de Familia Baloyan, no. 00040 (metallic label to one)


    Exhibited

    The International Exhibition, London, 1862.