These vases were crafted in the late 19th Century by the French sculptor, Philippe H. Mourey. The items have been created from gilt bronze and mounted with porcelain plaques, which is characteristic of Mourey’s work.
The krater-shaped vases are topped by lids, which are decorated with sculptural gilt bronze putti, flower garlands and female bust finials. Incised ovolo patterns decorate the edges of the lids, and the lid bases are fluted.
Each vase body is fitted with two handles, which are wrapped with vines, terminating in clusters of ripe grapes.
The vase bodies are mounted, on their front, with oval porcelain plaques. These are set within gilt bronze frames, decorated with beading and grapes, and topped by crinkled ribbon bows.
The plaques are almost identical, each depicting a young woman in a diaphanous pale pink dress. Each woman is pictured dancing in a pastoral space, with both arms raised above her head to beat a tambourine. Shawls twists around the women’s bodies as they dance.
These porcelain plaques have been painted in the French Sevres style of the 18th Century. The figures and landscape they are placed in are depicted using pinks, greens and whites, typical of Sevres style paintings. They are enclosed within gilt leafy frames, placed against ‘bleu celeste’ backgrounds.
The vases stand on shaped stems, set on circular feet. Beading decorates the stems, and the feet are incised with leaves and grapes, and their edges shaped. The vases are set on square shaped plinths with cantered corners. ‘PH Mourey’ is stamped onto the bases.
These vases could be placed on a mantelpiece or table, or on individual pedestals. They will make beautiful additions to a well-appointed interior.