About This Artwork

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (French, founded 1740)
Designed by Charles Percier (French, 1764-1838)
Decoration designed by Alexander-Theodore Brogniart (d. 1813)
Painted by Gilbert Drouet, flowers and ornament, (1785 - 1825)
and Christophe-Ferdinand Caron, birds, (active 1792 - 1815)

Londonderry Vase, 1813

Hard-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, gilding, and gilt bronze mounts
137.2 cm (54 in.)
Mark: Sèvres mark for 1813-1815; (in gold) 30 Mars B. T. Drouet, 1813

Gift of the Harry and Maribel G. Blum Fund and the Harold L. Stuart Endowment, 1987.1

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Londonderry Vase
(Vase étrusque à rouleaux), 1813


France, Sèvres
Designed by Charles Percier (French, 1764-1838)
Decoration Designed by Alexandre Theodore Brongniart (d. 1813)
Painted by Gilbert Drouet, flowers and ornament, (1785-1825)
and Christopher Ferdinand Caron, birds, (active 1792-1815)
Manufactured by Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Hard-paste porcelain, gilding, ormolu mounts


Gift of The Harry and Maribel G. Blum Fund and the Harold L. Stuart Endowment
1987.1


This extraordinary vase represents the great achievements of the Sèvres factory during the Napoleonic period. Napoleon himself recognized the political potential of Sèvres porcelain in providing sumptuous gifts which would demonstrate the supremacy of French craftsmanship. This vase exhibits some of the finest floral decoration of the period.
Originally commissioned by Napoleon around 1805, the vase was not released by the factory until 1814, after he had been exiled. The vase was used as a diplomatic gift by the newly restored Bourbon King, Louis XVIII, when he ordered his foreign minister, Talleyrand (1754-1838), to present it to the English Viscount Castlereagh, second marquis of Londonderry, on the eve of the Congress of Vienna.

Publication History

TIMELINE TRACING THE DEVELOPMENTS OF CERAMICS, Degree project for Art Education at The University of Arizona, 1993




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