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Vase with cover (vase à bâtons rompus)

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Decorator:
Attributed to Jean-Baptiste-Etienne Genest (French, active 1752–88)
Date:
ca. 1764
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
H. 18 3/16 in. (46.2 cm.)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958
Accession Number:
58.75.74a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 529
This vase is notable for the bold zigzag-and-diamond ornament above the foot, the highly architectural handles, and the draped oak garlands linking the handles to the vase. These elements reflect a growing awareness at Sèvres of the Neoclassical style, which was gaining popularity in France in the 1760s. Curiously, the painted decoration showing soldiers in an encampment, like that found on other early Neoclassical vases from Sèvres, ignores the new stylistic influence.
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside: Crossed Ls (factory mark)
The Lords Hillingdon ; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation (until 1958; to MMA)
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