Pair of large Sèvres style porcelain and ormolu vases

Style of Sèvres (French, founded 1738)


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The vases stand on square ormolu (gilt bronze) bases, decorated with foliate motifs, cartouches and laurel wreath bands. They are placed on splayed porcelain feet, which feature parcel gilt foliate bands and fluting, and leafy ormolu tops. The vases’ ovoid porcelain bodies are decorated, on their fronts, with central paintings of two young lovers, accompanied by a lamb in one image and a sheep in the second. These are signed by the painter, ‘Carle’. Woodland and river paintings ornament the reverse sides of the porcelain bodies. These are enclosed within delicate foliate parcel gilt frames, with deep navy coloured borders. Each vase is mounted with two ormolu handles, with leafy ends draped with foliage swags, and looping foliate tops. The bodies develop into extended porcelain necks, which are decorated in a similar style to the bases. Their flared mouths are edged with egg-and-dart ormolu bands, and they are topped by domed porcelain lids with ormolu pinecone finials.

Each vase is painted, on its underside, with the marks of the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory.


Artist / Maker
Style of Sèvres (French, founded 1738)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Neoclassical, Rococo, Sèvres
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Porcelain
Black, Blue, Gold, Multi-coloured


82 cm / 32.3 inches
36 cm / 14.2 inches
30 cm / 11.8 inches


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