Rare and beautiful Sevres pate-sur-pate porcelain vase awarded to gold medal winners at the 1924 Paris Summer Olympics, measuring approximately 13″ tall and 5.5″ at its widest point. This splendid vase was designed by M. O. Guillonet and executed by Bracquemond at the world famous porcelain factory of Sevres, and features golden laurel branches hand-painted on a French blue background. It features four 'medallions' portraying athletes in white against gray oval backgrounds bordered in light green, with the events depicted being sailing, shooting, tennis, and cycling. The bottom bears the appropriate maker’s marks. There is a hairline crack to the neck of the vase. This beautiful piece originates from the collection of Frederick W. Rubien, the longtime secretary of the American Olympic Committee and a leader in the promotion of amateur athletics in the United States.
At the suggestion of the French Olympic Committee, these vases were developed to be given to the first place winners as a 'special souvenir.' Several different variations were produced to accommodate the many different sports, and they were presented by the Paris City Council to gold medal winners in individual events only; a small number were reserved for dignitaries and institutions. Surviving examples of these stunning trophy vases are of the utmost rarity.
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