19th Century Rose Pompadour Louis XVI style Lidded Vase


With finely painted vignettes each side in oval cartouches, this elegant vase or lidded urn was probably meant to sit before a mirror. It is in the style of Sevres, and is finely executed. It is, however, English, and apparently unmarked. Good guesses might be Minton, famed for its copies of Sevres, (and even the Sevres mark),  Chamberlains Worcester and Grainger Worcester. We have not found the shape with any of these factories.....yet!

The brilliant pink ground colour, Rose Pompadour, was developed by Sevres in 1757 and named after the Official Mistress of the King, the delightful and intelligent Marquise de Pompadour, a great patron of the arts. Oddly, and possibly vindictively, the English often call this colour Rose du Barry, after a later Official Mistress of Louis XV, the exquisitely beautiful, kindly but undeniably stupid Madame du Barry, who came to an undeserved bad end.

The main painting shows a child holding a skein of wool for a grandmotherly figure. There is a spinning wheel and a pet of indeterminate species, and two other children watch form the door. The painting on the reverse shows a gentleman and two ladies, each with parasols lest they get an unsightly tan and look like field workers, with a rowboat set in an idyllic landscape.

The gilded finial on the lid has been off and reglued, and there are some fleabite chips on the handles. It is not small and stands 38 cm tall.

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