A pair of Louis XV vases, in blue porcelain of China and gilted bronze. In baluster shape, this vases ending by four dolphins. Each angle is decorated with acanthus leaves, joining the center and where are sitting monkeys.
The phenomenon of chinoiserie is up to the time when Western countries are grappling with major change, the world appears in a new perspective.Limitated in the arts said minors, Chinese subjects were an area where the invention of forms were not hampered by rules of propriety. Under cover of the exotic, the fantastic and the preposterous could flourish. It is therefore not surprising to see a kind of complicity is established between grotesque and Oriental themes . The oddity, real or perceived, of their dress, favoring the conversion of Oriental in decorative objects. They lose their human quality, and we see some strange substitutions occur among animals, especially monkeys, and Chinese, as here with this pair of vases.
Bibliography: Musée Cernuschi. Pagodes et dragons, exotisme et fantaisie dans l'Europe rococo, 1720-1770, 24 février-17 juin 2007, p. 14.
Dim: W: 8,3 in - D: 7,1in - H: 21,7in.
Dim: L:21cm, P:18cm, H:55cm.
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