The fte galante scenes depicted on these ewers are taken from paintings by Antoine Watteau and Jean-Baptiste Pater. The ewer decorated with a girl on a swing surrounded by several other figures is after a lost painting entitled Les Agrements de lt by Watteau, which was engraved by Joullian in 1732, illustrated in E. Camesasca, The Complete Paintings of Watteau, New York, 1968, p. 125, 2w (the original paiting belonged to the parliamentary councillor Claude Glucq in Paris). The second ewer depicting four figures playing a game is based on a painting by Pater called Le Colin-Maillard (the Wallace Collection, London) and illustrated in F. Ingersoll-Smouse, Pater, Paris, 1928, p. 109, ill. 295).
A number of ewers, both Chinese and European, with very similar mounts are known, possibly all from the workshop of the same fondeur, such as Jean-Claude Duplessis (died 1774) or Jacques Caffiri (1678-1755). These include a pair of ewers with Meissen porcelain decorated with Maiblumen and scenes after Watteau in the Wallace Collection, London (P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Furniture, vol. III, London, 1996, no. 278 (F 103-4) pp. 1353-1361); a pair in Chinese Kangxi porcelain in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (C. Bremer-David, Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, 1993, p. 153, no. 257; a pair also in Chinese porcelain at Waddesdon, illustrated G. de Bellaigue, The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor, Furniture, Clocks and Gilt Bronzes, Fribourg, vol. II, 1974, pp. 750-751, no. 195; another pair, also with Meissen porcelain decorated with Maiblumen and scenes after Watteau, was sold from the Estate of Mrs. Charles Allen Jr., Sotheby's, New York, 1 November 1997, lot 42.
A set of four Louis XV ormolu mounted vases, the Meissen porcelain of identical shape and very similar decoration, are in the Quirinal Palace, Rome (A. Gonzlez-Palacios, Gli Arredi Francesi, Milan, 1995, No. 73, pp. 276-278). These were previously in the Royal Palace at Parma and may have formed part of the furnishings brought to Parma by Madame Infante, Louis XV's eldest daughter, in 1749.
Lazare Duvaux supplied the Prince de Rohan in 1749 with un vase de Saxe en Watteau avec terrasse et garniture dore.