A pair of very beautiful 'Empire' porcelain topographic Campana vases with extremely important historical scenes. The pair are in mint condition and the subjects are very rare and the vases were probably made to order.The gilding is in very good condition.
Topographical scene 1: a castle between Amsterdam and Haarlem located at the town of Half Weg which still exists. This castle was built in 1645/1648 The architect was Pieter Post, a very good architect with a fine reputation. In this castle there was a section designed for water-level measuring. This was very important for the Dutch. We always fought against the water and important dykes were built to control the water-level during storms, floodings and dry periods. Swanenburg is still the standard in the Netherlands for this. In the Dutch language it is called 'Zwanenburg Metingen'. Most of the castle is still in good condition and the entrance gate with the swans is very beautiful.
Topographical scene 2: an estate called 'De tuin land en Ijzicht'. This property was also in the neighbourhood of Haarlem. The first building on this estate was an inn built in 1793 by Frederick Kuhn. It was a very popular location between Amsterdam and Haarlem. In 1830 the building burnt down and was rebuilt.The engraving on the vase was made after a painting by Cornelis de Kruyff (1774 - 1828 Amsterdam: a fine Dutch painter, draughtsman, etcher and lithographer).
The porcelain Campana vases are unsigned. They are attributed to the famous Sevres factory in Paris, but they also made this kind of vase in Brussels. Similar vases were made by KPM (Royal Porcelain Factory Berlin) and in Austria and Russia.
These topographical vases were very fashionable in the early nineteenth century. They were very expensive and almost aways made to order from wealthy clients.