Each finely painted and hand-tooled in white slip with two maidens either swaddling or entrapping putti, emblematic of Love, on pillars, or setting them free, the reverse of the 'trapped' vase with putti shrouded in a nest, the reverse of the 'free' vase with a putto climbing onto a pedestal applied with symbols of the arts, the necks and lower body with stylized sunflowers in polychrome slip
16 in. (40.6 cm.) high
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's Parke-Bernet, New York, 3-5 February 1977, lot 353.
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In Solon's illustrated journal he records this pair of vases as "Paire de vases vers bleu, Costumieres" and as having worked on them for eleven days immediately following a six-day vacation for the Christmas holidays, finishing before 11 January 1879.

The celebrated ceramics artist Marc Louis Solon came to England in late 1870 following the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War. The Minton factory had, under the directorship of Léon Arnoux, acquired a reputation for attracting the most skilled craftsmen from leading porcelain factories on the Continent. Solon enjoyed a long and successful association with the Minton factory producing some of the manufactory's most memorable pieces, including numerous works displayed at the great expositions of the late 19th century. As U.S. Commissioner Blake observed in his Reports of the United States Commissioners to the House of Representatives following the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle, just prior to the present vases' completion, Solon's "work is incomparably superior to that of any of his imitators, far surpassing in art value the best examples of figure subjects from the kilns of Sèvres. He alone fully and satisfactorily unites skill in the technique of paste and glaze and the genius of sculptor and designer. His favourite subjects, as is well known, are the female form, Cupids and cherubs. He delights in illustrating the pranks Cupid plays with the hearts of maidens." For an exhaustive discussion of Solon's work at Minton, see B. Bumpus, Pâte-sur-Pâte, London, 1992, pp. 100-151.

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