Pair of Chelsea Porcelain Mazarine-Blue Ground Pot-Pourri Vases and Covers
Circa 1760, gold anchor mark to one, after a designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis père, the form 'pot pourri à jour' originally made by the Vincennes manufactory between 1752-1753.
Each of quatrelobed form supported on four scroll feet, the pierced spiral fluted domed cover surmounted by a gather of white lilies, the body finely painted with alternate panels of brightly colored exotic birds, and bouquets of garden flowers, framed with gilt acanthus leaves and tooled gilt flowers, beneath a gilt ribbon-entwined pierced neck.
Height 11 3/4 inches.
Christie's, New York, 10 November 1993, lot 33.
Mrs. M. Clark, Fairacre, Camden Park Road, Chislehurst, Kent and thence by descent to her daughter, Gay.
With Robert Williams, Eastbourne, UK, 1994.
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, October 2004 - January 2021.
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, 'Portals to the Past: British Ceramics 1675-1825, presented by the Delhom Service League', 2016-2021.
This important pair of gold anchor vases forms part of a range marketed by Nicholas Sprimont, manager and proprietor of the Chelsea manufactory, in the Spring of 1759. For a detailed discussion, see J.V.G. Mallet, ECC Transactions, 'Chelsea Gold Anchor Vase', Vol. 17, pt.1, p.126. Observe an undecorated biscuit version of this vase form is set on the table beside Sprimont in a group portrait with his wife Ann and sister-in-law Susanna Protin, illustrated by Elizabeth Adams, Chelsea Porcelain, 2001, frontispiece, and offered for sale in the present auction as lot 58.
For further discussion on these vases, see Errol Manners, 'Some Continental influences on English porcelain'. E.C.C. Transaction, Vol. 19, Part. 3.
For a pair of vases of this form from The Huntington Art Collections, San Marino, CA, see F. Severne Mackenna, Chelsea Porcelain, The Gold Anchor Wares, pl. 35, no. 66; one of these illustrated by J.V.G. Mallet, op. cit., p.129. Another pair, historically split, has been identified as sold in the Hanns and Elizabeth Weinberg Collection, Sotheby's, New York, 11 November 2006, lot 733 and Bonham's, London, 9 September 2009, lot 45.
For a similar pair formerly in the Joan Rivers Collection, see the exhibited by Roderick Jellicoe, Kensington, The Heart of Ceramics, London, 27 June to 1st July, 2017, no. 5. For a single example painted after Boucher, see Bonham's, London 9 September, 2009, lot 45; the companion vase was sold as part of the Collection formed by Hanns and Elizabeth Weinberg and the Antique Company, Sotheby's, New York, 11 November 2006, lot 733.
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
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