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Square Vase with Caryatids, known as ‘The Seasons Vase’

Date : 1880

Model: Carrier-Belleuse

Composition and workmanship: Mérigot

A sculptor and former pupil of David d’Angers, Albert Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887) began his career at the 1850 Salon. Between 1851 and 1855 he lived in England and designed a large number of models for Minton. Sèvres asked him to be artistic director in 1875, a position he would hold until he died in 1887. He created the model used for this vase.

The Seasons Vase is a joyful rococo pastiche with its pastel shades and charming compositions of flowers and fruit. In its 18th century style, occasionally regarded with disdain in the 20th century, the piece nevertheless displays astonishing imagination and creativity. The exquisite delicacy of the four figures adorning the corners of the vase demonstrates the great talent of an artist who was also Rodin’s teacher.