Vases and lids of white porcelain, mounted with French gilt bronze. The domed lid with floral finial, resting on a pierced ormolu band, the sides decorated with female faces seemingly suspended by an arch of acanthus leaves. The Locre porcelain vases are glazed inside and out with white glaze. The domed lids are likewise glazed inside and out. The tapering body of the vase is set in a cup of gilt-bronze curving acanthus leaves. The base of the vase has a collar at the top with a stepped, round plinth at the bottom.
The pedestals are of a rich purple amethyst with beaded ormolu around the top. The laurel swags around the pedestals are seemingly suspended from two gilt bows, the pedestals encircled at the bottom by gilt laurel-wreaths, resting on separately carved square plinths.
Locre Porcelain Factory
Founded 1773 by Jean-Baptist Locre, Porcelaine de Paris, was one of the first manufactures to use the Chinese secret of hard paste porcelain. It immediately aimed for the luxury trade, selling to the Royal Courts of Europe.