Sèvres Cobalt Blue and Gilt Bronze Porcelain Palace Urn
19th century monumental Sèvres cobalt-blue ground mercury gilded bronze urn, gilt detailed dome cover with acorn finial, chased gilt surround cartouche polychromed enamel depicting a romantic medieval troubadour serenading and two ladies, with his mandolin, titled (La musique) signed on lower right "Bertrey," the reverse with a landscape scene. Inscription under lid " offert pour duc de Berry" (gift to Duke of Berry ). Charles Ferdinand 1778-1820, brother of King Louis XVI was given his title of Duc de Berry at his birth by his grandfather King Louis XV. The Sèvres marking of double L's interlaced indicates it was during the "royal period" surrounding AB, which indicate year. Mercury gilt bronze marked with initials RK. Mercury gilt bronze is of the highest quality. Sèvres was under the patronage of Mme. Pompadour (King Louis XVI mistress) and became the most celebrated porcelain manufacturer in Europe. These fine pieces were often commissioned for royal and diplomatic gifts.
Place of Origin - Paris, France
Style - Rococo
Period - 19th century
Dimensions - 43in. H x 18 in. Dia
Condition - Excellent antique condition, wear consitent with age and use.