Pair of Swan Handled Vases Marked Sevres

Here we see examples of current modern fantasy production ever hopeful of being mistaken for Sevres porcelain. They may seem visually imposing due to their height of about 18 inches, but these vases with bird and floral scenes, lots of very bright gold and handles in the form of swans, were not made by the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres (National manufacturer of Sèvres) despite being marked on the bottom with a looped capital 'L' device enclosing a letter. The mark is spurious, the vases fakes. They have never been anywhere near the Sèvres factory in France. Frequently very new items like these are offered to buyers as if 'antique' when they are in fact fresh out of the reproduction wholesaler's packaging.

Marks used by the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres are all well documented and correspond to specific periods of time. Looped capital 'L' marks, the royal cipher of the king, are 18th century marks. Similarly shaped authentic marks would never have been applied to hard paste porcelain articles like the vases you see, but only onto soft paste. And they would have been applied by hand, not printed as the mark is that you see here.

Ignoring the mark, take a close look at the item. All artwork and gilding on true Sèvres porcelain, whether made of soft or hard paste, is extremely fine. From the making of the pure white porcelain ground, to final decoration and gilding, all decorative processes were sophisticated and strictly controlled. Gilding on antique Sevres is best described as sumptuous. It was built up in layers and has a distinct three-dimensional look. This means it should not be flat, but raised from the surface and easily felt with the fingers. These vases are decorative and they are pretty. But the gilding is flat, the facial motif they exhibit is distinctly odd and none of the other decoration is 'Sèvres' in quality, either.

Though you may need to look close to tell for sure, most specious items of this type were decorated with transfer designs, not hand painted. Ask yourself, honestly, does this item truly look old enough to be wearing an 18th century mark? Is it fit for presentation to royalty? To a king? The answer to each question is, no.

Remember, Sevres marks are among the most commonly faked marks on porcelain. In fact, porcelain factories have been making fake 'Sevres' products since the 1770’s. Hard paste examples of items bearing Sevres cipher marks which only should exist on soft paste forms - has never stopped since that time.

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