Pair of ormolu and Sèvres style porcelain vases

Style of Sèvres (French, founded 1738)


This charming pair of petit Rococo Revival vases features superbly painted and gilt porcelain bodies appended with brilliantly wrought ormolu mounts.


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This beautiful pair of petit vases is crafted from Sèvres style porcelain mounted with finely cast and gilt bronze, or ormolu.

Each vase features an unusually shaped porcelain body, the surface of which is coloured the distinctive Sèvres bleu celeste, or sky blue. Each vase is adorned with a gilt-framed and jewelled cartouche to the front, finely painted with a Rococo style genre scene. The reverse of each features a scrolled foliate motif encompassed by a tooled gilt cartouche. Each vase is topped with a gadrooned and parcel gilt porcelain lid, which in turn is surmounted by an ormolu finial.

The vases are supported by ornately shaped ormolu bases, from each of which rises an ormolu socle that in turn supports the springing of twin geometrical handles, each handle finished with acanthus leaf detailing and topped with a further finial.

The pair is a highly unusual—and utterly charming—example of the Rococo Revival in late 19th Century French decorative art.


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


28 cm / 11 inches
14 cm / 5.5 inches
10 cm / 3.9 inches


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