These wonderful porcelain vases were crafted in France in c.1850. They have been designed in a fanciful East Asian style, known as Chinoiserie, from the French word for Chinese, ‘chinois’. This ornamental style was very popular in Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries.
The vases stand on rectangular porcelain plinths, which feature paintings of Chinese riverscapes, framed within a gilt border. These painted scenes depict Chinese fishing and sailing boats of varying sizes, as well as multi-storey gateways, pavilions and pagodas, all rendered in great detail. The sides and backs of the plinths are decorated with colourful flower paintings, set against white backdrops.
Above, the vases have been painted a lilac colour, and decorated with gilt foliate motifs and vine patterns. They stand on flared, fluted feet with pointed, flicking ends. Their bodies are stylised and geometric in shape. Like the bases, the bodies feature Chinese river scenes on their central front panels, and floral paintings on to the reverse. The bodies have handles, which take the form of swans, with long, arched necks and extended wings. The vase necks are fluted, and they flare outwards to terminate in gilt cusped edges, which frame rectangular-shaped mouths.
With their beautifully-painted riverscapes, these French Chinoiserie porcelain vases are super works of art, which will visually enrich the interior in which they are placed.