A Hautin Boulenger & Co., Choisy-Le-RoI, majolica vase and cover, circa 1885. photo Sotheby's

modelled by Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse, signed, with gargoyle handles and supported on a table base by naked children, inscribed on the front and reverse SAUVE qui peut., script H B Choisy mark painted in blue. 50.8 cm - Est. 7,000—10,000 USD - Sold 8,750 USD

NOTE: Louis-Robert Carrier Belleuse (1848-1913) studied sculpture under his father Albert-Ernst Carrier-Belleuse (1824-87) and painting at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He first exhibited at the 1870 Salon and in 1889 accepted an appointment as artistic director of the ceramics manufactory Hautin Boulenger & Co. at Choisy-le Roi. There he continued in the tradition of his father designing architectural pieces and mythological-subject wares.

Sotheby's. 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Ceramics, Silver and Works of Art. 21 Oct 09. New York www.sothebys.com