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A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED FAMILLE-VERT KANG-XI PORCELAIN LOBED BALUSTER VASE, with hinged lid cast with shells and coral above a pierced canted rectangular collar flanked by scrolling arms cast with foliate garlands, on a pierced shaped-hexagonal base of foliate scrolls, the mounts struck with the c-couronné poinçon, the hinged lid possibly later

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A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED FAMILLE-VERT KANG-XI PORCELAIN LOBED BALUSTER VASE, with hinged lid cast with shells and coral above a pierced canted rectangular collar flanked by scrolling arms cast with foliate garlands, on a pierced shaped-hexagonal base of foliate scrolls, the mounts struck with the c-couronné poinçon, the hinged lid possibly later
15in.(38.5cm.)high

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The c-couronné poinçon was a tax mark used on any alloy containing copper between March 1745 and February 1749
The shell and coral finial also appears on a pair of pot-pourri vases in the Wallace Collection (F.115 and F.116, illustrated plate 113), a pair of lidded vases in the Frick Collection, New York, and a vase in the Forsyth Wickes Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Frick and the Boston vases are illustrated, F. Watson, Mounted Oriental Porcelain, p.73 and p.101.
The design of this finial has been attributed to Pierre Germain who published a series of engraving entitled Eléments d'Orfèverie in 1748. It also appears on the lid of a sucrier from the necessaire de voyage of Queen Marie Lesczinska bearing the Paris date mark for 1729-1730.
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