• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 148

    A SEVRES BEAU BLEU TWO-HANDLED OVIFORM VASE (VASE A RUBAN) OR (VASE A COURONNE)

    CIRCA 1770

    Price Realised  

    A SEVRES BEAU BLEU TWO-HANDLED OVIFORM VASE (VASE A RUBAN) OR (VASE A COURONNE)
    CIRCA 1770
    Oviform, with upright scroll handles moulded and richly-gilt with berried laurel, the reeded gilt neck moulded with blue and gilt ribbon, painted with a bare breasted seated mother feeding her sleeping baby, another seated before her and a boy leaning against her left side playing a horn, within a shaped oval cartouche tooled with wave ornament and surmounted with beads and ribbon-tied foliage, the reverse with three entwined garlands of oak leaves, pink roses and pink, yellow, blue and purple roses and other flowers within a lesser cartouche, on a socle moulded with white pearls, supported on a gadrooned foot, within gilt line rims (two short hairline cracks to one handle, minor flaking to gilding at socle and footrim)
    13¼ in. (33.5 cm.) high


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    The central scene on the vase is probably painted by Dodin with 'La Trompette' or 'Silence' after the painting by Jean-Baptist Greuze in the Royal Collection. For a similar example of this form see Rosalind Savill, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain (London, 1988), Vol. I, cat. no. C269, pp. 240-243. The garlands of flowers on the reverse of the present lot are similar to those on a pair of Vase à Panneaux or Vase à Perles in the Royal Collection, attributed to Jean-Baptiste Tandart L'aîné, where it is noted that Tandart was paid 300 livres for 100 cartouches painted with wreaths in 1767 on a variety of pieces, see Geoffrey de Bellaigue, French Porcelain in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen (London, 2009), Vol. I, pp. 256-261.

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    Provenance

    The Earl of Harewood; Christie's, London, 1 July 1965.
    With John Barry, London, 30 September 1966.