This stunning centrepiece bowl was created in France in the late 19th Century. It is fashioned after 18th-Century wares, produced by the prestigious Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory. Typical of such items, this centrepiece is designed in an elegant Rococo manner.
The centrepiece features a wide porcelain bowl, the rim of which is edged with gilt bronze (ormolu) beading. The bowl is mounted with two handles, featuring leafy scrolled tops, encircled by wreaths. The handles extend down the length of the body and are decorated with foliate patterns and rosettes.
Decorating the front of the bowl is an image of three beautiful young women with a lamb in an outdoor setting. The bowl’s reverse features a collection of flowers, set against a white ground. These paintings are contained within gilt medallions, edged with latticework, stylised leaves and flowers. The rest of the bowl is painted a deep blue (‘bleu lapis’) colour, typical of Sèvres porcelain.
The centrepiece stands on a gilt bronze splayed stem, which is set on two scrolled and two block feet. The stem is decorated with pierced fluting and its base encircled by a wreath pattern. Swags are draped between the scrolled feet and the block feet are ornamented with foliate cartouches.