One of a Pair of Vases (Vase cassolette Bachelier)


The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

This vase (one of a pair) is turquoise blue ("bleu céleste") and shows a scene of soldiers resting by a campfire on one side, painted in the manner of P. Wouwermans (1619-1668) by Charles Nicolas Dodin, and military trophies on the other. The gilding is by Etienne-Henry Le Guay. The handles terminate in a relief leaves which travel down the underside of the vase, ancored by cubic forms at the rim. The shoulders have painted panels in a fan-shape with rosettes in pink divided by a gilt trellis. The vase sits on a rectangular plinth, and is topped with a berry knop. The Bearsted Collection in England has a similar pair with marine scenes.

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  • Title: One of a Pair of Vases (Vase cassolette Bachelier)
  • Creator: Jean Jacques Bachelier (French, 1724-1806)
  • Date Created: 1779
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  • Roles: Designer: Jean Jacques Bachelier (French, 1724-1806), Gilder: Étienne-Henri LeGuay (French, 1719-ca. 1799), Manufacturer: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (French, active 1756-present), Decorator: Charles Nicolas Dodin (French, 1734-1803)
  • Provenance: Earl of Pembroke; Earl of Pembroke Collection Sale, May 8, 1851, lot 383; Mrs. Lyne Stephes [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Baron Schroeder [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Baron Schroder Sale, Christie's, July 5, 1910, lots 45 and 46; E. M. Hodgkins Collection, Paris, no. 64 [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A. Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1928, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: vases; covers
  • Medium: soft-paste porcelain
  • Inscriptions: Visible marks. [Factory Mark] Intertwined Lls; [Date] Letters in blue: bb (1779); [Decorator's Mark] In blue: K (Dodin, Charles-Nicolas [1734-1803]); [Gilder's Mark] In black: LG (Le Guay [de Saint-cloud], Etienne-Henry, aîné, père [1719/20-c.1799])
  • Dimensions: H: 8 x W: 9 3/4 in. (20.32 x 24.77 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters
  • Classification: Ceramics
  • Accession Number: 48.564

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