The porcelain room
The majority of the porcelains in this room come from the Vincennes Manufactory.
In this room...
The “vases of three ages” These three vases are extremely rare and belonged to Béatrice’s father. Made in Sèvres from 1778, three different sizes were produced, two of which are shown here. The largest depicted the face of an old man on each side, the medium ones showed the faces of young women and the smallest the faces of children..
Yellow porcelain dinner service. The daffodil yellow colour of this service was created using antimony. The colour was not popular and was quickly abandoned, which makes this set very rare..
The antique urn. This is another marvel of the collection. This vase was probably one of a pair that were sold separately: one to Louis XV and the other to Madame de Pompadour, the King’s mistress. By happy coincidence, the two came into the possession of the Rothschild family during the Belle Époque: Béatrice purchased one and her uncle Gustave the other.
Fruit bowls in the form of a shell. The decoration on these (cherub holding a spear and shield / cherub inhaling the scent of a flower) is reminiscent of the putti figures of François Boucher, which numerous artists of the period took as inspiration. The use of gold in the colouring of this service gives it its luxurious quality.