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Vase, stand and cover
  • Vase, stand and cover
    Saly, Jacques-François-Joseph, born 1717 - died 1776
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Vase, stand and cover

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1774-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Saly, Jacques-François-Joseph, born 1717 - died 1776 (artist)
    Derby Porcelain factory (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, painted in pink enamel and gilt, with unglazed biscuit parts

  • Credit Line:

    Given by F. E. Halliwell OBE

  • Museum number:

    C.180 to B-1987

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 118, The Wolfson Gallery, case 2 []

Object Type
This vase is purely ornamental. Vases of this design were sold singly, but they may have been flanked by other, smaller vases when displayed in interiors. They would probably have been placed on chimneypieces or similar domestic furnishings. A factory list of 1819 describes vases of this shape as 'Large Fountain Vases'. They were in production by 1773, and they were still being made in 1795.

Design & Designing
The market for vases in the 'antique' style grew rapidly in the late 1760s, as the Neo-classical style gained ground. The demand for them was so great that, in addition to copying genuine Greek and Roman antiquities, manufacturers copied vase designs of the 16th to 18th centuries, usually prints. The Derby porcelain factory copied the design from a print published in Paris after 1752 by the French sculptor Jacques Saly (1717-1776).

Trading
These complex vases were expensive to make, but they reached very high prices at London auctions of Derby porcelain. Examples were sold for £17 17s and £19 19s in 1773. At that time the Derby factory's modellers were earning a weekly wage of £2 11s. In 1790 the manager of Derby's London showrooms waited 'on Lord Dover with the Cupid & Dolphin Jar', for it was common then for clients to have goods brought to their homes and clubs for inspection.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1774-1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Saly, Jacques-François-Joseph, born 1717 - died 1776 (artist)
Derby Porcelain factory (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, painted in pink enamel and gilt, with unglazed biscuit parts

Marks and inscriptions

'No. 19'
On base; incising

Dimensions

Height: 41 cm, Width: 21.5 cm maximum

Object history note

Made at the Derby porcelain factory

Historical significance: This model is first recorded at Derby in the facory's sale held at Christies in 1773, where one sold for £17.17s. It remained in production at least as late as 1790. The only other recorded example looks closer to 1790 in date and is in the museum at Indianapolis.

Descriptive line

Vase, with stand and cover, decorated in overglaze pink and gilt with applied putti, festoons and sphinxes in moulded biscuit. English, 1773-1780. Made by the Derby or Chelsea factory after an engraving by Jacques Saly (1717-1776)

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Recent Acquisitions in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Department of Ceramics'. In: Burlington Magazine. May 1990, p.386.
[Bradley, Gilbert. Ceramics of Derbyshire. 1975. Plate 29.]

Labels and date

British Galleries:
A Derby factory list describes vases of this design and with this pattern number as 'Large Fountain Vases'. [27/03/2003]

Production Note

The design is based upon an etching by Jacques Saly.

Materials

Soft paste porcelain; Biscuit

Techniques

Slip-cast; Moulding; Gilding

Categories

British Galleries; Ceramics; Vases

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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