Pair of Chelsea Porcelain Mazarine-Blue Ground Fruit and Flower Encrusted Two-Handled Vases
Circa 1760, unmarked
Each of lobed baluster form, the banded neck flanked by gilt rocaille-molded scroll handles applied with fruit, mixed berries and flowers, the sides richly gilt and hand-tooled with either vignettes after Watteau of musical 18th century companions or with exotic birds perched among flowering and fruiting trees, the lobed neck with scale pattern, trellis and diaper, the foot molded and enriched with gilt acanthus.
Height 16 3/4 inches.
Phillips, London, 8 March 1995, lot 236.
Anonymous sale, Neales, Nottingham, 23 May 1996, lot 460 (cover illustration)
With Klaber & Klaber Antiques, London.
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, October 2004 - January 2021.
Grosvenor House Fair, 1995.
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, 'Portals to the Past: British Ceramics 1675-1825, presented by the Delhom Service League', 2016-2021.
The present pair of vases are two of the five known surviving examples. The deep cobalt-blue unglazed color 'mazarine blue' first appeared at the Chelsea manufactory in 1756, and was likely a response to the bleu lapis ground introduced at Vincennes in 1751. For a pea-green example of this form, 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. 85, fig. 7. Also observe the undecorated biscuit form illustrated in the lower right corner of the Sprimont portrait, offered in the current sale as lot 58.
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
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