Described in the sales records as 2 vases etrusques Carafe 2e Fd bleu cartels representant La Fète de la Concorde et une revue et distribution de drapeaux, the present pair of vases entered the saleroom 19 February 1849 at a cost of 331,25 francs [Vv5, 22.38]. They sold for 400 francs each (800 francs for the pair) in November 1860 to M. Peacocke [V210, folio 72 vo].
The 'Fête de la Fraternité’ at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris occurred on 20 April 1848 and celebrated the establishment of universal male suffrage. The scene of this subject on the present vase is after the oil on canvas by Hippolyte Sebron, now at the Musée Carnavalet, Paris. The other scene illustrated, the 'Fête de la Concorde au Champ-de-Mars', took place on May 21st of that year following the election Tocqueville, Dufaure and other representatives to the commission de constitution.
This form appears to have been popular with King Louis Philippe of France prior to his being deposed-- see Christie's, New York, 20 May 2008, lot 216 for a pair of vases 'Etrusque Carafe' ordered by the King and see B. Ducrot, Porcelaines et Terres de Sèvres, Musée National du Château de Compèigne, Paris, 1993, p. 154, fig. 100 for a pair previously displayed at Saint Cloud in the grand salon de l'apartement de l'Empereur (also see p. 210 for line drawings of the form).