each with a domed cover and foliate finial, above a guilloche cast neck with scrolled handles, on a gadrooned and leaf-cast socle on a square base with inverted corners, the porcelain painted with wreaths enclosing roses on a turquoise blue ground; one cover broken
A pair of identically mounted vases, part of a garniture, formerly in the collection of Madame Jules Fribourg is illustrated by S. Eriksen, Early Neo-Classicism in France, 1974, fig. 242 and discussed p. 363. An identical set was in the Erich von Goldschmidt-Rothschild sale, held in Berlin on 23rd March 1931 (lot 206).
The roses in the reserves derive from the Rococo tradition according to Eriksen op. cit., p. 363 but the bay-leaf wreaths `reflect the cautious approach to the new style that prevailed at the Sèvres factory. The mounts though were already in the full-blown neo-classical style.' An identical set to the aforementioned was in the Lord Harrowby collection at Sandon Hall, Stafford.
Various examples have been sold at auction some with an apple green ground. A very similar pair was sold as lot 13, Christie's, London, 5th July 1984.
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