Yellow Sevres Porcelain Vase and Cover
A Large Porcelain Yellow Ground Vase and Cover

Designed by Albert Carrier-Belleuse
Executed by Sèvres, circa 1895

The cover moulded with acanthus and a pine cone finial, the waisted neck above a tapering fluted body and spreading circular foot with laurel rim, on a square bronze base with canted angles, stamped with black lozenge mark on the base S.95

50 ½ in (128.3 cm) high
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Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse was an esteemed Parisian sculptor trained by Fauconnier before entering the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1840, where he studied under David d'Angers. He later abandoned his formal training in order to develop his interest in a more decorative style. Carrier-Belleuse made his debut at the Salon in 1851 after which he worked in England until 1854 in the design shop at Minton's porcelain works in Staffordshire, under Leon Arnoux, where many of his models were produced in ceramic.

Carrier-Belleuse returned to Paris in 1855 where he embarked on a series of important works that included pieces at the Louvre, the Opéra, and many others. As one of the most prolific and versatile sculptors, he made his reputation with the group Salve Regina, which was shown at the Salon of 1861. He would go on to receive many medals and honours for his work and was highly regarded by Napoleon III, who referred to him as 'our Clodion'.

Carrier-Belleuse was appointed director of works at the Sèvres porcelain manufactory in 1875, a testament to his versatility and skill in working with every kind of medium and material.