• The Collection of a Lady - Mag auction at Christies

    Sale 7827

    The Collection of a Lady - Magnificent French Furniture, Savonnerie, Sèvres Porcelain, Silver and Chinese Works of Art

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 510

    A SEVRES SILVER-MOUNTED PINK AND GREEN-GROUND EWER AND BASIN (POT A L'EAU TOURNE ET JATTE, 1ERE GRANDEUR)

    CIRCA 1759, THE BASIN WITH BLUE INTERLACED L'S ENCLOSING DATE LETTER G FOR 1759, PAINTERS MARK FOR CORNAILLES, INCISED 6 TO FOOTRIM, THE EWER INCISED FR AND 4

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    A SEVRES SILVER-MOUNTED PINK AND GREEN-GROUND EWER AND BASIN (POT A L'EAU TOURNE ET JATTE, 1ERE GRANDEUR)
    CIRCA 1759, THE BASIN WITH BLUE INTERLACED L'S ENCLOSING DATE LETTER G FOR 1759, PAINTERS MARK FOR CORNAILLES, INCISED 6 TO FOOTRIM, THE EWER INCISED FR AND 4
    The ewer of baluster form with a slightly domed shaped circular cover, the body painted with a loose bouquet of flowers within a green-ground cartouche of entwined leaves and branches edged in gilding and suspending husk swags, the cover with similar ornament, the shaped-oval basin with conforming decoration to the interior, small shallow chip to spout, some patches of wear to gilding
    The ewer 7 7/8 in. (20 cm. high); the basin 11¾ in. (29.8 cm.) wide (2)


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    See the closely related example from the Tuck Collection in the Petit Palais, Paris, illustrated by Pierre Morel D'Arleaux, 'De Vincennes à Sèvres', Cahiers de la Céramique et des Arts du Feu (Paris, 1958), no. 9, p. 33, fig. 9, listed in the Tuck Collection, Catalogue, no. 99.

    For a discussion of this form see Rosalind Savill, The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, London, 1988, Vol. II, pp. 692-695. A Vase 'à compartiments' with similar ground colours and cartouche also from 1759 is illustrated by Savill, ibid., Vol. I, pp. 97-101, cat. no. C226. A further similar ewer and basin was sold from the René Fribourg Collection, Sotheby's London, 15 October 1963, lot 447.

    Antoine-Toussaint Cornaille was a painter of flowers, patterns and gilder active at Vincennes and Sèvres 1755-1800.

    The répareur mark FR to the ewer may be for either François-Firmin Fresne (Dufresne), active 1756-67, or Françios-Denis Roger, active circa 1755-84.

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    Provenance

    The Hon. Jack Michelham, sold Sotheby's London, 8 November 1966, lot 8 (£3,800 to The Antique Porcelain Company)
    Acquired from The Antique Porcelain Company, New York, 21 November 1966.