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    Sale 2159

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

    21 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 35

    A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED SEVRES PATE-SUR-PATE CELADON-GROUND VASES AND COVERS, 'VASE DE RIMINI'

    DATED 1857-58, IRON-RED CROWNED N, GREEN PRINTED LOZENGE AND VARIOUS INCISED MARKS, AFTER A DESIGN BY J. DIÉTERLE, HJR MONOGRAM TO ONE FOR HYACINTHE-JEAN RÉGNIER

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED SEVRES PATE-SUR-PATE CELADON-GROUND VASES AND COVERS, 'VASE DE RIMINI'
    DATED 1857-58, IRON-RED CROWNED N, GREEN PRINTED LOZENGE AND VARIOUS INCISED MARKS, AFTER A DESIGN BY J. DIÉTERLE, HJR MONOGRAM TO ONE FOR HYACINTHE-JEAN RÉGNIER
    Of inverted pear-shape, each domed cover with stiff-leaf tips and spire finial, the waisted neck with everted rim, flanked by bound paired writhing snake handles issuing through roaring lion mask terminals, the body finely painted and hand-tooled in white slip with a satyr and a scantily clad maiden seated on animal pelts and embracing above tasseled scrollwork, on a conforming socle and cast square base
    20½ in. (52 cm.) high (4)


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    Hyacinthe-Jean Régnier was active at the Sèvres factory from 1825 to 1863 as a decorator of pâte-sur-pâte. The form, 'Vase Rimini' was designed by J.P.M. Diéterle, who was head of the workshop at that time.

    A pair of Vase Rimini (3me grandeur) decorated with pâte-sur-pâte figures on a celadon ground is recorded entering the Sèvres magasin de vente on 31 March 1858 (Registre Vv 6, folio 43, no 26). This pair, which is likely the entry for the present lot, was sold to M. Roussile on 1 April 1858 for 2800 francs.

    See Marcelle Brunet and Tamara Préaud, Sèvres Des origines à nos jours, Paris, 1978, p. 296, fig. 388 for an example of this form displayed by Sèvres at the Paris Universelle Exposition of 1855. Compare Bernard Bumpus, Pâte-sur-Pâte, London, 1992, p. 22 for a similarly decorated tazza by Régnier also displayed at the 1855 Exposition and bought by the South Kensington Museum.

    Provenance

    M. Roussile, 1858.
    Mr. & Mrs. John S. Nash, Chicago, 1929.
    Then by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, ATLANTA, GEORGIA