Porcelain vases 005

Fine and rare Sèvres green ground soft paste vase ‘étrusque à cartel’ attributed to Genest. The vase is decorated with a very well painted reserve of a port attributed to Jean-Baptiste-Étienne Genest. Two Turkish merchants discuss a transaction with a Frenchman on a quay; a barrel on the dock is dated 1777 and is inscribed with an “E”. The rear reserve is painted with a motif consisting of three interlaced rings.


Genest was head of painting at the Sèvres factory, and was thus exempted from signing his work.


Ex collection: Baron James de Rothschild

                        Paris: Palais Gallièra; December 1, 1966, lot 60


Another green ground vase étrusque attributed to Genest, with a similar port scene and also signed “E” on a barrel is dated 1768 and was number 38 in the Hodgkins collection. It is presently in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore
Height (ins.): 17     
Origin: France, 18th century     Period: Louis XVI