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Vase with cover (vase B de 1780) (one of a pair)

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Decorator:
Attributed to Charles-Eloi Asselin (active 1765–1804)
Decorator:
Gilded by Henri-François Vincent (active 1753–1806)
Date:
1782
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height: 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958
Accession Number:
58.75.111a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 523
This decorative urn is painted with the Metamorphosis of Daphne on the front and with trophies of love on the reverse. Although the object is made of porcelain, the decorative treatment of the lid, handles, foot, and base is clearly inspired by gilt-bronze models. The husk motifs and, especially, the bearded satyr masks of the scroll handles are gilded, partly burnished, and partly matted, just like gilt-bronze mounts.
Marking: Painted in gold on underside: [1] interlaced florid Ls flanked by two "e"s (factory mark and date letter for 1782); [2] 2000 (gilder's mark of Vincent)
The Lords Hillingdon ; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation (until 1958; to MMA)
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