The popularity of "vases Medicis" at the Sèvres manufactory is illustrated by the numerous variations of the model produced at the end of the eighteenth century mainly in beau bleu and hard paste. The most famous example is the monumental grand vase (1783) in the Louvre designed by Boizot for Louis XVI with ormolu mounts by the factory's bronzier Pierre-Philippe Thomire (D. Alcouffe et al., Gilt Bronzes in the Louvre, Dijon, 2004, pp. 218-222). Smaller versions of this were produced, closer in design to the pair of vases in this lot, the prototypes supplied to Louis XVI in 1787 signed and dated by Thomire (ibid., pp. 230-231).A number of plaster model of vases Medicis exist in the Sèvres manufactory. Designated "du Roi," "Boizot," "Lagrenée," "Leriche," the differences are often small but reflect different clients (T. Préaud, Sèvres, Des origines à nos jours, Fribourg, 1978, pp. 118-122 for further discussion).
A similar Sèvres vases à Têtes de Jupiter in the Louvre (c. 1798-1802) and another from 1804 in the Grand Trianon are illustrated T. Préaud, op. cit., pp. 225 and 228. A pair of Sèvres vases of this model in a private collection, albeit with different ormolu frieze, is dated 1804 (an 12) and attributed to Thomire. Another pair with the frieze decorated with Neoclassical maidens and children with stepped marble base is illustrated G. Wannenes, Les Bronzes ornamentaux et les objets montés, Milan, 2004, p. 353.
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