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Sèvres Pot Pourri


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Dates 1764
Medium Porcelain
Origin France
Description Sèvres Pot Pourri 'Pompadour' (troisième grandeur), 3rd size, the blue ground painted with gold circular rings with red spots in the centre. The two large reserves are painted with bucolic landscapes with buildings and people in country pursuits. The six pierced holes are in the shape of 'palm fronds'. The lid echoes this design with six piercings and with the ground colour and design around the flower finial.

Marks: date letter L for 1764. No painter’s mark, but in the style of André-Vincent Vieillard (Active 1752-90) painted figures, landscapes, trophies, patterns, flowers.

Literature: W.B Honey, French Porcelain, Ill. no. 73 , showing this vase with piercings in the form 'palmette frond' to the shoulders with a date letter M for 1765.

For a discussion of this shape See R. Savill, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain Vol. I pp.127-135