Upper Section of a Vase Hollandais, First Size, circa 1757-59
Painted with extremely fine birds by Louis-Denis Armand l’aîné and decorated with a dark blue (bleu lapis) ground and very fine rococo gilding. The painted scenes are the same as on an almost identical vase in the James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor. Another example that may be related is at Schloss Faisanerie near Fulda.
Armand was the highest-paid painter of birds at the Sèvres factory in the 18th century, and this is a rare example of his early work on a very large scale.
The lower section of this vase must have been broken and discarded in the past.