Presented for sale is a rare pair of 18th century soft paste Sevres covered potpourri urns. The urns are bolted to a socle base and decorated with vertical floral garlands hand painted on continuous panels. The covers conform to the serpentine edges of the urns and are topped with flowers.
The Sevres factory was founded in Vincennes, France around 1749 before moving to their newer facilities at Sevres, near Versailles, in 1756. The factory was under the patronage of Louis XV's mistress, Madame de Pompadour. The wares made during this time period were somewhat less formal and of a soft paste rather than hard paste. Many consider these soft paste examples, though more primitive, to be the most charming pieces produced at Sevres. The vases are marked for the year date 1755 both on the base and lid.
The vases appear under black light to be in excellent condition, however, at some point the socles and bases of the urns where they were bolted, were glued together, perhaps to stabilize them as they are top heavy.
Size: 11 1/2" Height, 5" Width.
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