A fine pair of Louis XV/XVI ormolu-mounted Chinese blue porcelain vases, circa 1765-70

each with tall flared neck fitted with a fluted serpentine ormolu rim flanked by angular ormolu handles cast with leaf tips and with pendant acorns and oak leaves, the tapered lower part raised on a spreading ormolu base marked with paterae and cast with acanthus leaves. 41.5 cm; 19.5 cm. Lot sold 68,500 USD

PROVENANCE: Sold Christie's, New York, November 2, 2000, lot 266

NOTE: These vases which reflect the influence of the goût grec style, were almost certainly influenced by the designs of the ornemeniste Jean-Charles Delafosse. A comparable vase, the central part of a group of five acquired by the 5th Earl of Essex in Paris shortly after the Revolution, is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (Hodgkins bequest), illustrated, S. de Ricci, Catalogue of a Collection of Mounted Porcelain belonging to E.M. Hodgkins, Paris, 1911, p. 42.


Sotheby's. Important French Furniture. 06 Nov 08. New York  Photo courtesy Sotheby's. www.sothebys.com