Monumental French Sevres Pate-Sur-Pate porcelain Vase by Leopold-Jules Joseph Gely.
An imposing and rare Sevres (Second Empire) Polychrome Pate-Sur-Pate Celadon Ground Vase in the Japanese taste by Leopold-Jules-Joseph Gèly. finely painted and hand-tooled in polychrome slip with a spoonbill and snake locked in deadly combat before flowering prunus branches, as butterflies float past, the reverse with two mating cicadas among tall Queen Anne’s Lace type blossoms and further prunus, on an Oriental style pierced gilt-bronze stand.
Signed: L.J. GELY
Dated: 1867 (green lozenge kiln mark for (18)67, incised Mel Col. 78-67-1 and DG-67-1)
Height: 50.5″ (128.2 cm)
Depth: 19″ (48.2 cm)
Width: 19″ (48.2 cm)
Old Professional Restoration to the bottom of the porcelain, Otherwise good Condition.
Léopold-Jules-Joseph Gély (1820-1893) was a sculptor-modeler and decorator at Sèvres from 1851 through 1888. He was the developer of porcelain with a special type of decoration in low relief, known as pâte-sur-pâte (“paste on paste”) He worked with Hyacinthe Régnier and later Marc Louis Solon.
The three produced innovative and award winning pieces in that time. Gély not only produced cabinet pieces, but he was responsible for the decoration on massive pâte-sur-pâte vases now in public collections in France. A celadon and white pâte-sur-pâte vase with a spoonbill was exhibited at the 1855 Paris Exposition Universelle
Museums – Victoria and Albert Museum; Musée national de la céramique, Sevres; Toledo Museum of Art; Dieppe Castle Museum; Museum of the Ursulines, Macon; Museum of orsay, Paris