UNKNOWN POTTER, French
(active 1750s at Sèvres)

Vase

1756
Porcelain, height 38 cm
Wallace Collection, London

Madame Pompadour, an early and loyal patron of the Sèvres factory, had a pair of similar vases (vase à tête d'éléphant) in her extensive collection. The extraordinary design conveys that elegant extravagance and fine craftsmanship which characterized her taste.