A Pair Sevres of Green-Ground Vases Hollandois

A Pair of Sevres Green-Ground Vases (vases hollandois of the second size)


19.0 cm high, 19.2 cm across

Date letter H for 1761, indistinct painter’s mark

The front panels of both vases decorated with adaptions of scenes after J.–P. Le Bas’s engravings of Teniers Fête Flamande within gilt cartouches, the sides with flowers in oval panels. The painter is perhaps André-Vincent Vielliard.

Expanded versions of the same scenes, painted by Caton, occur on a pair of cuvette à fleurs in The Wallace Collection also with date letter H and a green ground, painted by Caton (Rosalind Savill, The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain Vol. I, p. 46, C208-9)

This form is known in three sizes and is listed as ‘Vase hollandois’ in the Sèvres factory records, they were intended for planting and growing bulbs, hence the pierced separate stands which allowed for watering the growing bulbs.

Losses to gilding, no restoration.

Sotheby’s London, the collection of Mrs Derek Fitzgerald, 4 May 1965, lot 75
Sotheby’s New York, the Jaime Ortiz Patino collection, 20 May 1992, lot 32

For a discussion of the use of Teniers scenes on Sèvres see Juliet Carey, ‘Peasants on porcelain: Sèvres and the taste for Teniers’. French Porcelain Society Journal III, 2007. pp. 111-130.

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