A pair of Louis XVI Paris porcelain ewers

A pair of Louis XVI gilt bronze-mounted Paris hard paste porcelain ewers – circa 1785

 The porcelain made by the Locré Factory, 18th Century

Height: 41.5 cm. (16 ¼ in.)    Width: 13.5 cm. (5 ¼ in.)     Depth: 18 cm. (7 in.)

The overall design of the mounts seems to have originated with models created by Pierre Gouthière for the Duc d’Aumont: the lip cast with a satyr’s mask and handle with the perched figure looking over the interior appear on a mounted celadon porcelain ewer which was lot 114 in the Duke’s 1782 auction and the tripod base features on a pair of mounted blue Chinese porcelain vases, lot 163. The pieces are recorded in drawings now in the Bibliothèque municipale, Besançon (illustrated in C. Baulez, “Pierre Gouthière (1732-1813)” in Vergoldete Bronzen, vol. II, Munich, 1986, p.579, figs. 18 and 19).

Another identical pair was sold from the collection of Harriet P. Schermerhorn and Gustave-Pierre Bader, sold Sotheby’s Parke Bernet, New York, 9 and 10 November 1962, lot 30; and again sold from the Bensimon Collection, Etude Couturier Nicolay, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 18-19 November 1981, lot 30 and again Etude Couturier Nicolay, 14 June 1996, lot 77