Chelsea Porcelain Mazarin-Blue Ground Vase
Circa 1760-65 unmarked
Of squared tapering baluster form, each side panel painted with a vignette of two exotic birds either standing on rockwork or perched on a tree branch, the mottled mazarine-blue reserves enriched with gilt scrolls, the smaller panels gilt with bouquets and flower sprays, the rim with stiff-leaf tips.
Height 11 inches.
With Roderick Jellicoe Antiques, London (label).
For a pair of vases of this form reference, J.V.G. Mallet, 'Chelsea Gold Anchor Vases, I: The Forms', English Ceramic Circle Transactions, Vol. 17, Part 1, p. 126. Also see, J.V.G. Mallet, 'A Painting of Nicholas Sprimont, His Family and His Chelsea Vases', Les Cahiers de Mariemont, Hommage a Mireille Jottrand, Vol. 24/24, 1993/1994, p. 83, figs. 3b and 5. The portrait of Nicholas Sprimont with his wife and sister-in-law (lot 58), features this form decorated in underglaze blue, but in an unpainted state at the far right set on the table, the left hand of his wife resting on the rim. See lot 58.
For examples of this rare form and decoration, see Two Ducal Collections, Woburn Abbey, Bedford, UK, Christie's, 20 September 2004, lot 1165 (ex Bourdon House, the residence of the Duke of Westminster, Mayfair London, illustrated on the mantelpiece in 'Country Life', 22 October 1921); a monochrome puce pair, sold, Bonham's, London, 18 May 2016, lot 318; and a polychrome pair with Orientalist figures and exotic birds, Christie's, London, 18 May 1992, lot 61.
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
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