A Fine Pair of Sèvres-Style Napoleonic Gilt-Bronze Mounted Cobalt-Blue Ground Porcelain Vases.
Signed by the artist ‘H. Desprez Sevres’.
Each vase is of inverted ovoid form finely painted all over with Napoleonic battle scenes, the covers embellished with a raised gilt “N” and a crown, flanked by oak and berried laurel branches, the necks with an eagle with spread wings, each with a spreading foot with raised gilt design and battle dates of 1797 and 1805, raised on gilt-bronze re-entrant bases.
The vase with 1797 depicts the battle of Rivoli, where Napoleon defeated the Austrians in Italy for the 4th time. The vase with 1805 depicts the battle of Austerlitz, which is regarded as the greatest victory by Napoleon, where his troops defeated the much larger and powerful Russian and Austrian army led by Emperor Alexander I and Holy Roman Emperor Francis II.
French, Circa 1900.