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Antique Stunning Pair Sevres 'Pate Sur Pate' Porcelain Vases 19th Century

Antique Stunning Pair Sevres Sold
Ref: 09327
Price: £ 0.00
A magnificent pair of Sevres 'pate-sur-pate' twin handled vases circa 1880 in date.

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A magnificent pair of Sevres 'pate-sur-pate' twin handled vases circa 1880 in date.
 
The loutrophoros shaped vases each worked with scantily clad maidens interspersed with winged putti amongst foliate sprays, the neck handles and foot feature geometric gilt decoration the bases with printed Sevres marks.
 
A truly stunning pair of display pieces.
 
 

Condition:

In excellent condition with no chips, cracks or signs of repair, and only minor signs of wear comensurate with age and use, please see photos for confirmation of condition.

 


Dimensions in cm:

Height 46 x Width 18 x Depth 18

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 6 inches x Width 7 inches x Depth 7 inches

Our reference: 09327

'Pate-sur-pate'

(a French term meaning "paste on paste") is a method of porcelain decoration in which a relief design is created on an unfired, unglazed body by applying successive layers of white slip (liquid clay) with a brush. The effect is somewhat similar to other types of relief decoration such as Jasperware, but as a mould is not normally used, the artist is able to achieve translucency.

To understand pate-sur-pate fully, we need to go back to France in the 1850s, and an accident that occurred at the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres. They were trying to reproduce a decorative technique from a Chinese vase, but misinterpreting the vase, the experiment took them along an altogether different path from the Chinese potter. Be it luck or fate they perfected what became universally known as pate-sur-pate.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 46 x Width 18 x Depth 18

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 6 inches x Width 7 inches x Depth 7 inches

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