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Style of Sèvres (French, founded 1738)
These magnificent Sèvres style bleu celeste porcelain vases feature delicately painted scenes of the pastoral ideal and finely cast and finished ormolu mounts.
This superb pair of vases is crafted from Sèvres style porcelain and ormolu (gilt bronze) in a distinctive and charming Rococo meets Neoclassical amalgam of styles.
Each amphora-form vase is raised on a waisted socle above a square-sided base, all of which is crafted from the finest quality porcelain. The body of each vase, which tapers from a narrow belly to wider shoulders, is topped by a gently waisted porcelain neck and surmounted by domed porcelain lids. The porcelain throughout features a brilliant bleu celeste ground, which is parcel gilt on occasion. The central register of each vase is adorned in the round with a painted scene in a decidedly Rococo style: figures laze about a landscape in a fête galante within a classical pastoral landscape. The colour palette (pale Rococo pastels) and the genre of subject hark back to 18th Century themes. In contrast, the twin ormolu handles mounted onto each vase, in their spare geometrical linearity, are distinctively Neoclassical.
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