Pair of cassolette vases
These Japanese celadon porcelain vases display a blue and red décor of flower branches representative of the Japanese pictorial school, featuring a light ‘airy’ design, characteristic of the Kano school emphasizing space and asymmetry. Each vase rests on a square-section ormolu plinth featuring incurved angles surmounted with a circular base surrounded with a torus of laurels, fluted and chased with a flat band. The waist, two-thirds up, is enhanced with important ormolu mounts of exceptional quality. Starting at the bottom the vases are wrapped in a corolla of acanthus leaves, flanked with he-goat heads naturalistically chased, issuing molded handles chased as swan necks.