One of a Pair of Vases (Vase à bandes)


The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

This neoclassical vase (one of a pair) is distinguished by its satyr-head handles. The ground is a color known as "bleu nouveau," and rich oak and laurel garlands in gold surround the painted decorations. At Sèvres, a plaster model for this oviform shape is inscribed with the name of the sculptor Etienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791), but the designer was more likely the director of sculpture at the manufactory, Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809). Jean-Louis Morin (1731-1787) decorated the vase with harbor scenes (which seems to recall a tapestry after David Teniers II), and Jean Pierre Boulanger père (1722-1785) was responsible for the gilding. There is a similar vase in the Wallace Collection, as well as in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence.


  • Title: One of a Pair of Vases (Vase à bandes)
  • Creator: Jean Pierre Boulanger le père (French, 1722-1785)
  • Date Created: 1776
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  • Roles: Gilder: Jean Pierre Boulanger le père (French, 1722-1785), Designer: Simon-Louis Boizot (French, 1743-1809), Manufacturer: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (French, active 1756-present), Decorator: Jean-Louis Morin (French, 1732-1787)
  • Provenance: Lady Ashburaton Collection (?). E. M. Hodgkins Collection, Paris [1]. A. Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1928; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] no. 45
  • Object Type: vases
  • Medium: soft-paste porcelain with enamels and gilt
  • Inscriptions: [Factory Mark] In blue: Intertwined Lls; [Date] Letter in blue: Y (1776); [Decorator's Mark] In blue: M (Morin, Jean-Louis); [Gilder's Mark] In blue: B (Boulanger, Jean Pierre)
  • Dimensions: Overall H: 16 3/4 in. (42.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1928
  • Classification: Ceramics
  • Accession Number: 48.56

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