Inspired Decorative Arts from "Rousseau" Service to A.-J.M. Vachette Box

On 26 September 2020, by Philippe Dufour

A fine selection of furniture, tableware and curios with a focus on 19th-century faience, as well as tables and a gold box from the 18th century.

Adrien-Jean-Maximilien Vachette (1753-1839), rectangular box in yellow gold, lid and ground decorated with scenes carved in burgau and ivory, blue enamelled fillets, goldsmith's hallmark, Paris 1809/1817, 8.6 x 4.85 cm, weight 141.83 gr.
Result: €37,500

The most naturalist table could be set with Creil & Montereau’s "Rousseau" service. Bidders pushed the price to own this part of the famous 149-piece service in fine faience up to €65,000, for it was vast. Most of the items bear the inscription "Creil Montereau, L&M Cie, modèle E Rousseau à Paris". Glassmaker-manufacturer Eugène Rousseau (1827-1890) designed the shapes, engraver-illustrator Félix Bracquemond (1833-1914) the decoration. The service caused quite a stir as soon as it was unveiled at the 1867 Universal Exhibition, Paris. The next lot, a pair of Transition-period drawing-room tables bearing th1!e highly sought-after stamps of "JF Oeben" and "JME", was more classical. This beautiful set by the Parisian master fetched €58,750. Lastly, a rectangular box in yellow gold (see photo), its lid and ground decorated with scenes of drinkers carved in Burgau with ivory heads, all on chased latticework, sold for €37,500. It is owed to the skilled craftsmanship of master goldsmith Adrien-Jean Maximilien Vachette, received in 1779, who made it in Paris between 1809 and 1817.

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