21 October 2005
A PAIR OF SEVRES MINIATURE URNES (VASES 'CHENE A GUIRLANDES') ON TAPERING SQUARE PEDESTALS (PIEDESTALS 'EN GAINE')
Blue interlaced L's and date letter G for 1759, painter's mark for Thévenet père to the underside of the pedestals
The laurel-draped beau bleu urns with gadrooned necks, on tapering bleu lapis square pedestals painted in colors with flower garlands
10¾ in. (27.3 cm.) high overall (2)
Collection Alfonse de Rothschild.
Collection Edmond de Rothschild.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 8 March 1979, lot 22
Anonymous sale; Christie's New York, 25-26 October 1994, lot 261
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Edouard Garnier, Le Porcelaine Tendre de Sèvres, Plate XLIV
Pedestals such as these were normally sold in pairs to support small biscuit portrait busts. Cf. Rosalind Savill, The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of the Sèvres Porcelain, London 1988, vol. I, nos. C234-8.
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