Fine European Ceramics
14 Jun 2017
London, New Bond Street

Two rare late 18th century Sèvres hard-paste vases, made for a member of the Court of Louis XVI at Versailles, was the top lot at Bonhams Fine European Ceramics sale on Wednesday 14 June 2017. Once in the collection of the Earls Spencer, the pair made £149,000 having been estimated at £70,000-90,000 (€83,000-110,000).

Bonhams Head of European Ceramics Nette Megens, said, "These are particularly splendid examples of this very rare type of vase made by the Sèvres porcelain factory. They came with a wonderful provenance, having been in a distinguished English collection for most of their existence, and I am not surprised the bidding was so keen, and the selling price so high."

They were decorated by Jean-Jacques Dieu with chinoiserie sea battles – one ship on each vase bears a shield with the French royal arms – and are applied with flower garlands and goats head handles. It is likely that thirteen vases of this shape were produced between 1778 and 1779, and buyers included the King himself, and his aunt, Madame Victoire.

The pair in the Bonhams sale eventually appear in England in the collection of politician William Stephen Poyntz, though how he acquired them is not known. They passed by inheritance to Poyntz's daughter Georgiana who married Vice-Admiral Frederick Spencer, 4th Earl Spencer.

An online only auction of Meissen porcelain from the collection of Brigitte Britzke is taking place on Bonhams website until 3.00 p.m. on June 22. The 186 pieces are being sold without reserve, and can be viewed by appointment (contact Nette.Megens@bonhams.co.uk. All proceeds will go to charity.


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