An extremely rare Vincennes teapot and cover, circa 1747-49. Photo Sotheby's
héière ronde in Meissen style with a tau handle and bird's head spout, paintedﾠwith a continuous riverside scene including an elegant couple, the cove, with further landscapes in miniature, attachedﾠwith a white metal chain andﾠmounts,ﾠcracked; 10.4cm., 4¼in. ESTIMATE 20,000-30,000 GBP - Lot Sold: 20,000 GBP
Note: The shape of this teapot closely follows a Meissen prototype. For a similar teapot in the Musée National de Cèramique (minus a cover) see Tamara Préaud, Porcelaines de Vincennes, 1977, p.134, no. 400. The decoration is very similar to that on a jug and basin illustrated by Tamara Préaud, La Porcelaine de Vincennes, 1991, p. 140, no. 83. Another teapot of this shape was sold in these rooms 4th June 1996, lot 44. A variant on this shape with a plain spout and looped handle is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see Christopher Maxwell, French Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century, page 43.
A Vincennes/Sèvres bulb pot and stand, 1755-56. Photo Sotheby's
vase hollandois of the second size, painted by Dodin, en camaïeu bleuﾠwith flesh tones, with a little boy seated in a wood leaning on his gun, the reverse with a landscape vignette, the sides with hunting trophies, the base with symbols of love,ﾠnamely a bow and a quiver of arrows among clouds, roses and birds in flight, all richly gilded in rococo style; stand with interlaced Ls enclosing dateletter C for 1755-56, painter's mark k for Charles-Nicolas Dodin, vase with incised 6, Wilfrid Evill Collection Label; 19cm., 7½in. ESTIMATE 10,000-15,000 GBP - Lot Sold: 11,250 GBP
A rare Vincennes cup, circa 1749-51. Photo Sotheby's
obelet lizonné, finely painted in Meissen style with a landscape including three figuresﾠand classical ruins,ﾠthe rims gilded. Interlaced Ls enclosing a dot, a further dot below and above; 6cm., 2.¼in. ESTIMATE 6,000-8,000 GBP - Lot Sold: 6,875 GBP
Note: For a very similar Vincennes cup in the Musée national de Céramique, possibly painted by the same hand, see Tamara Préaud, La Porcelaine de Vincennes, p. 152, no. 119. Another example of this early cup shape with a matching saucer is in the British Museum, op.cit. p. 134-5, no. 68
A rare Vincennes large cup made for the Turkish market, 1754-55. Photo Sotheby's
bardaque, decorated with a turquoiseﾠbleu céleste ground reserved withﾠa mixed spray of ﾠflowers and fruit, gilded with palm fronds and flowers, the rim with dents de loup ; interlaced Ls enclosing date letter B for 1754-55, Wilfrid Evill Collection Label; 9.5cm., 4in. ESTIMATE 2,500-3,500 GBP - Lot Sold: 6,250 GBP
Note: Rosalind Savill has made a special study of the Vincennes/Sèvres factory and the Turkish market. In a lecture during the French Porcelain Society Seminar 9th October 2009 she gave a survey of possible shapes and decoration. In the 1753 stocklist of the Vincennes factory, twenty-three models were recorded 'pour le turc' and in 1754, eighteen more were added. They consisted of useful wares, toilet wares and vases. Ten different versions of bardaque or large cup shape are listed, and this item is thought to correspond to one of these. The decoration of turquoise ground and flowers is also found on the large coffer plaques of 1754-5 thought to have been made for a Turkish client in the Wallace Collection. See Rosalind Savill, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, 1988, Vol. II, pp. 843-847, C495. By 1756 Vincennes had stopped making special pieces for the Turkish market as this date marked the beginning of a period of isolation from Europe for the Ottoman empire following the Treaty of Versailles in May of that year.
For another example of this rare shape together with a saucer, see Tamara Préaud, La Porcelaine de Vincennes, p. 72, no. 9
A Vincennes cup and saucer, 1754-55. Photo Sotheby's
the bleu lapis ground finely painted en camaïeu bleu with landscapes edged with gilded palms and flower sprays; interlaced Ls enclosing date letter B for 1754-55, an indistinct letter and two dots inside the footrims, Wilfrid Evill Collection Label; cup 6.6cm., 2½in., saucer 13.9cm., 5½in. ESTIMATE 4,000-6,000 GBP - Lot Sold: 5,000 GBP
Note: This shape is possibly a gobelet couvert without the cover. See Rosalind Savill, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, Vol II, pp. 543-553, C366-70
A Vincennes toilet pot and cover. Photo Sotheby's
pot à pommade, painted in Meissen style with a continuous coastal scene includingﾠfigures and buildings, the cover with two further miniature landscapes; 6cm., 2.5in. ESTIMATE 3,000-5,000 GBP - Lot Sold: 4,250 GBP
Note: There are two similar toilet pots in the collection of Mrs. Morris Hawkes, now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, see Donna Corbin, The French Porcelain Society Journal, Vol. III (2007) p. 276, fig. 3.
A rare Vincennes mustard pot and cover, circa 1747-49. Photo Sotheby's
moutardier façon de baril,ﾠ the flat cover with an applied flower bud handle, the pot handle modelled as a twig with trailing leaf terminals, paintedﾠin Meissen style with flower sprays and two insects; 7.8cm., 3in. 7.8cm., 3in. ESTIMATE 3,000-4,000 GBP - Lot Sold: 4,000 GBP
Note: It is extremely rare to find this shape with its original cover. For another, see Christophe Perlès, Céramiques Anciennes, 2007, Vol. 7, p. 74, no. 54. A further example, minus the cover, together with a variant form, is illustrated by Tamara Préaud, La Porcelaine de Vincennes, p. 21 and p. 135, no. 70. A barrel-shaped mustard pot was also made at Chantilly and an example is in the135, no. 70. A barrel-shaped mustard pot was also made at Chantilly and an example is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, C415-1909.
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