Sèvres Vase

1855
Louis-Rémy Robert (French, 1811–1882)


Dimensions

Image/Sheet: 32.0 x 25.7 cm (12 5/8 x 10 1/8 in.) Platemark: 39.1 x 33.7 cm (15 3/8 x 13 1/4 in.) Mount: 52.4 x 41.6 cm (20 5/8 x 16 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1998.72

Medium or Technique

Photograph, salt print from wet-collodion-on-glass negative, gold toned

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Louis-Rémy Robert was the head of the painting and gilding studios at the Sèvres porcelain works. This majestic depiction of a vase is part of a series of images that Robert exhibited at the Exposition Universelle of 1855, in Paris, to showcase outstanding Sèvres pieces. Robert set the vase against a display of drapery to dramatize its sculptural form and included a small measuring guide to indicate its noble scale. The vessel’s gleaming surface, exquisite painting, and finely modeled detail are enhanced by the use of a glass negative yet softened by the matte surface of the salted paper print. Although made for publicity and documentation, the photograph itself achieves the status of an art object.

Inscription

In neg., letterpress, l.l.: L. Robert Photo ie / Sèvres. In neg. letterpress, l.r.: Exposition de Sèvres / 1855.

Provenance

Nineteenth Century Photographs, Essex, England; purchased June 1998.

Credit Line

Gift of Jessie H. Wilkinson—Jessie H. Wilkinson Fund