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| Very rare Wedgwood jar mounted in Louis XVI ormolu as a pot-pourri with superb original two-color gilding and resting on a white marble base. The pot-pourri rests on four ormoulu “S”-form legs, terminating in hoofed feet with an under-dome, shield and drop finial in two-color gilding. It is raised on a round white marble plinth decorated with ormoulu bands and a large sunflower shield. A finely wrought bronze doré rim with graceful scrolled reticulations on an unusual heavily textured ground supports the two-colored domed top. The top, with a large pinecone finial and shield, has a border of delicate floral piercing on a striated ground. Both the underside of the top and the inside of the scrolled rim are embellished with exceptional burnished gilding, as are the internal round fastening nuts. The vase has two scrolled handles each with cornucopiae supports and a winged Cupid mask below.
The jasperware porcelain, marked WEDGWOOD, was probably a wineglass cooler. This type of porcelain, known as “diceware”, was first engine-turned when “leather hard”, then the white reliefs were applied and the piece was fired. A larger wine cooler, identically decorated, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum; a pair is in the Birmingham Museum in Alabama. In 1786, the famous marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre signed a monopoly agreement with Josiah Wedgewood making him the sole importer of Wedgwood porcelain to Paris. This makes it very likely that this piece was designed and sold by Daguerre.
Ex Collection: Baron Max von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (Parke-Bernet Galleries: New York; 3/10/1950. Lot Nº 331)
G. de Rothschild (With a pencil inscription: “GR 1015”)
|Height (ins.): 13.5 (34.3 cm.) Length/Width (ins.): 6 (15.3 cm.) Depth (ins.): 5 (12.7 cm.)|
|Origin: France/England Period: Louis XVI|