A rare and impressive Pair of Sèvres Vases

Sévres vases of Islamic shape

A rare and impressive Pair of Sevres Vases, of slender Islamic shape, made in three sections and each joined with two slender fillets of ormolu, decorated with elaborate Persian motifs of gilt scrollwork and stylised oriental flowers on a pale lavender or ‘fond changeant’ ground.

Dated 1874

S.74 in green, ‘Dore A Sevres 74’ in red and ‘I’ in gold, incised D-74-S and D-74 BF.X.

The form of these vases is recorded in the Sevres Archives from 1874 as ‘Vase Bouteille Persanne’, the shape was based on a Persian metal prototype. Eighteen similar vases were entered for sale in January 1874 and described as ‘fond sous couverte et décor en or’ at a cost of 95 francs each (MNS Archive, Registre Vr, 1 iere serie, vol.2, fol.247) 17

Height: 21½ ins. (55 cms.)

Item No. 1336

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