Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sèvres Vases of Madame Victoire

Now in the newly renovated suite of Mesdames at Versailles, the Sèvres porcelain vases belonged to Madame Victoire. (Via Louis XX.) To quote:
In 1772, Madame Victoire, one of the daughters of Louis XV, acquired these three vases for her bedroom in the Palace of Versailles. Madame Victoire in fact ordered a matching set of five vases with a green background from the Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Sèvres. The other two vases of the set are now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

These three vases are exceptional for their painted scenes and their shape. The cartouches are the work of Charles-Nicolas Dodin, one of the finest painters of figures in the Manufactory in the 18th century, to whom the Palace of Versailles dedicated an exhibition in 2012. Their unique shape had not yet been represented in the national collections. The central “beaded” vase has a cartouche based on a painting executed in 1737 for Louis XV, The Charms of Country Life. The scenes painted on the other two “laurel leaf” vases are The Lovers Surprised, based on an engraving by Gilles Demarteau, and Spring, inspired by one of the canvases of the Seasons painted in 1755 for Madame de Pompadour.

These vases have now been returned to their original place on the mantelpiece of Madame Victoire’s bedroom. (Read more.)

1 comment:

lara77 said...

They are absolutely magnificent! Can you imagine what Versailles would look like if the republic had not sold off so many royal treasures during the revolution? You can see so many of them on the mantlepieces of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. British wisdom; French stupidity.