A French 18th Century Soft-Paste Sèvres Porcelain Vase and Cover, circa 1765-70
This model of vase has three possible or various names at the Sèvres porcelain manufactory’s 18th century records as shown by Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue; the vase à médallion de Mercure, or the vase ovale de Mercure or the pot-pourri Mercure.
This example is the most elaborate of six known examples of this shape as it is the only one with an architectural stem section at the base. There are two in the British Royal Collection; a pair in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; one in a private collection in London.
This example was in the collection of Lionel Rothschild (1808-79) and his son Leopold Rothschild (1845-1917) at Gunnersbury Park, West London. It was later in the collection of the remarkable collector Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968).Enquire