A Pair of Sèvres Soft-Paste Porcelain Vases, circa 1763-65

These vases probably date from 1763, which is the first year of production of a new bright blue ground colour to replace the old “bleu lapis”; it was initially known as “bleu nouveau”, but was soon called simply “beau bleu”.


Height 19.5cm
Width 19.5cm
Depth 13cm


Private Collection, UK


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The two figure scenes are taken from engravings by Jean-Philippe Le Bas after Carel van Falens (1683-1733), a Flemish painter who worked in Paris producing traditional hunting scenes in the Dutch style. He married the sister of the Slodtz brothers, who were sculptors and designers working for the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne providing drawings for furniture and decoration for royal residences. Both engravings reproduce pictures in the collection of the Saxony-Poland prime minister Count Brühl. The figure of the running man blowing a hunting horn can be seen in the bottom right hand corner of La “Prise du Héron”, while the standing figure with a gun and two dogs is close to a figure in Le “Départ de Chasse”. No painted marks. Incised C and CN. For the C mark, it is noted in the Wallace Collection catalogue that it is commonest on vases Hollandois of the 1750s to 1770s. The CN mark is probably for the soft-paste répareur Charles Céjourné. See Wallace vol. III, p. 1096.

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