The Collection at the BMA

Artist: Painted by, Émile Aubert Lessore, France, 1805 - 1876

Shell plate

Plate

Large, heavy vase with a bulbous body resting on a small round foot, the neck cinched in the middle with a flared lip, with two long, curving, snake handles, each comprised of two separate snakes, below the handles on either side are bearded male masks, the foot is painted a dark brown color with a band of mustard yellow and a like band on the stem below the body of the vase, the neck with similar yellow bands and a green ground designed to look like marble, the snake handles are yellow with brown details; the body of the vase is elaborately painted in the round in shades of brown, green, blue, purple, yellow and white, with on one side the image of the Evangelist Luke and on the other of the Evangelist John, both adapted with slight color variations from the frescoes by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri, Italian 1581-1641) in the Church of Sant’ Andrea della Valle in Rome, Italy, on the sides below the masks are images of angels in flight.

Vase

Vase

Vase

Urn-shaped creamware vase with two ear-shaped handles and long neck (the cover is missing), glazed light brown with a band of yellow around the foot, each of the reserves, on either side of the handles, at the shoulder, and neck, each band is outlined in red; on either side of the body is a central oval reserve, each decorated with the image of a winged cherub, on one side partially draped and sitting in a landscape with fruit, on the other aloft in a blue cloudy sky with a dove, each handle terminates in a female mask.

Vase

Large vase of creamware and jasperware constructed of seven pieces (plinth, base, foot, body, two handles, neck), the fluted base and square plinth are of blue, white, brown, and beige jasper combined to create a marbled effect, then covered with a lead glaze to resemble green malachite; the yellow foot has a central blue and white band decorated with a wavescroll pattern; the two loop handles are decorated with yellow bands down each side, the central handle has a white ground on both sides decorated with stylized green and yellow leaf-and-berry vines; the neck is likewise yellow highlighted with a repeating star pattern, on either side is a central reserve of a lighter yellow color and outlined with blue foliate motifs, in the middle of each in blue is a tripod urn above two crossed leafy branches, the lip with a blue egg-and-dart pattern; the central ovoid body depicts in monochrome blue the scene of Alexander the Great, accompanied by his friend Hephaestion, entering the tent of the Persian king Darius III after "La tente de Darius" by Charles Le Brun (1619-90) from the “Triumphs of Alexander” series painted between 1662 and 1673 (now in the Louvre). Lessore used as a prototype an engraving by Gérard Edelinck (Flemish, 1640-1707), which was made to complete the series otherwise engraved by Gérald Audran (French, 1640-1703). The painting, which continues around the body of the vase shows on the reverse a landscape typical of Northern Africa.

Alexander Vase

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