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Pair of Chinese Export “Urne Mysterieuse” Pistol Handled Vases and Covers

Ca: 1795


Of classic form, each with a central medallion- painted in grisaille showing an urn under a willow tree (a sign of mourning).  The profile of the base the urn has a secret design showing the silhouettes of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.  The other side has a medallion with a scenic vignette.  The urns otherwise decorated in relief with swags in blue, and borders with leaves and stars in blue, red, and gold; the bases in faux marble.
Height: 14 ⅞ inches (37.8 cm.)
The hidden subject was based upon an anonymous engraving made during the French Revolution for loyalists as a remembrance of the deposed monarchy. For a similar pair of vases mounted in bronze from the Lataillade Collection, Paris and discussion, see: Beurdeley, China Trade Porcelain, 1962, p. 106, Pl. XIV

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