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    Sale 7549

    British and Continental Ceramics and Glass

    18 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 102

    A PAIR OF SEVRES GILT-METAL-MOUNTED BLUE-GROUND TWO-HANDLED VASES (VASES AUX SERPENTES LERICHE)

    1800, PALE-BLUE ENAMEL SEVRES MARK AND GILDER'S 2000 FOR VINCENT, UNDERGLAZE BLUE N O I TO ONE AND N O 2 (?) TO OTHER

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF SEVRES GILT-METAL-MOUNTED BLUE-GROUND TWO-HANDLED VASES (VASES AUX SERPENTES LERICHE)
    1800, PALE-BLUE ENAMEL Sevres MARK AND GILDER'S 2000 FOR VINCENT, UNDERGLAZE BLUE N o I TO ONE AND N o 2 (?) TO OTHER
    With flared necks and gilt entwined serpent handles, the oviform bodies each with a broad frieze painted to simulate marble and with classical figures before altars, with vases and a goat in green camaïeu between gilt bands, the lower part gilt with overlapping hoop ornament and stiff leaves and stylised flowerheads, on flared circular feet with a broad gilt band, on gilt-metal square plinth bases (one with chip and repair to rim, small chip to shoulder and repaired through stem, the other with restoration to rim and neck and repair to foot, some minor chipping and slight wear to gilding)
    14 3/8 ins. (36.5 cm.) high overall (2)


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    One of a pair of vases of the same form in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, is illustrated by Marcelle Brunet and Tamara Préaud, Sévres (Fribourg, 1978), p. 214, no. 269. The friezes on the present vases are reminiscent of works by Jean-Jacques Lagrenée, who was employed by Sèvres in 1785 to supply designs for Marie-Antoinette's Dairy at Rambouillet, having spent four years in Rome, studying Roman wall paintings in particular. For one of a pair of vases of related form, with lion masks instead of snake handles (Vase Étrusque à Bandeau), decorated with similar grisaille friezes of classical figures after a gouache by Lagrenée, see Brunet and Préaud ibid., p. 213, no. 267.

    Henry-François Vincent (le jeune, later père) was a gilder at Sèvres from 1753 to 1800.

    A detail of these vases is illustrated on page 65.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY