Stunning Pair of unusual hand painted glazed porcelain lidded vases of bulbous outline, of Continental origin, possibly one of the factories in the Sevres region in France. Last half of the Nineteenth Century.
Superbly decorated “en grisaille” depicting Lovers leaving on one and reuniting on the other, rear views of landscape and river scenes. Raised on elegant dolphin supports ending on triform bases.
Height: (entire) 7.25” (18.5cm). Width: (at base) 3” (7.5cm). Depth: 3” (7.5cm).
Condition: Good untouched condition with no evidence of any restoration, some gilt loss at high points of covers but no damage. Both signed in underneath as shown, see image.
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
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Grisaille: Painting technique by which an image is executed entirely in shades of gray and usually severely modeled to create the illusion of sculpture. This aspect of grisaille was used particularly by the 15th-century Flemish painters (as in the outer wings of the van Eycks Ghent Altarpiece) and in the late 18th century to imitate classical sculpture in wall and ceiling decoration. Among glass painters, grisaille is the name of a gray, vitreous pigment used in the art of colouring glass for stained glass. In French, grisaille has also come to mean any painting technique in which translucent oil colours are laid over a monotone underpainting.
We are pleased to offer this quite rare example of a pair.