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Stand for a mustard pot: C.19A-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Répareur: Grémont, Claude-Jean-Baptiste (Perhaps)
Répareur: Poulain, Gratien (Perhaps)




Soft-paste porcelain stand for a mustard pot, decorated with an underglaze blue ground, two reserves painted in enamels with a bird in a landscape, and gilding,

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated with an underglaze blue ground (bleu lapis), painting in blue, pale turquoise-green, yellowish and brownish green, puce pink, grey, brown, and black enamels, and gilding. Oval with notched and curved edges and concave curving slightly lobed sides. There is a suspension hole in the footring. The stand has a bleu lapis ground with a shaped reserve at each end, surrounded by an elaborate rococo frame composed of gilt scrolls, flowers and foliage. The reserve is painted with an exotic bird standing on the ground in a landscape with a low tree on the right. There is a dentilated gilt band round the rim.
A pair with C.19B-1961.


History note: Possibly Horace Walpole (1717-97), Fourth Earl of Orford, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham or a later occupant of Strawberry Hill. Probably W.J. Goode; sold Christie’s, 17 July 1895, lot 250. Acquired by Louis Colville Gray Clarke, Cambridge before October 1948

Legal notes

Louis C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.4 cm
Length: 18.0 cm
Width: 13.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Mid#
Louis XV
Production date: circa AD 1760 : Accessioned as 1759 but as a result of the revision of the dates for the date letters, A now standing for 1754, it has been changed to 1760.


Both Grémont and Poulain were working at the factory when this stand was made, and have been suggested as the user of the incised mark gp, but given the initials the latter seems more likely.

The painter's mark on this piece appears on objects decorated with birds made c. 1759, and is somewhat like another arrow mark which since the 19th century has been attributed to Pierre-François Yvernel, who worked at the factory from 1750-59. But no evidence has been found for this attribution. On accession this dish was attributed to Yvernel, but if Peters' proposed revision of the years allocated to date letters is accepted, this dish would have been decorated in 1760 after he had left the factory (see Documentation, Peters, 2014).

This is one of two different stand forms which accompanied barrel-shaped mustard pots (moutardiers ordinaires), the other has a cusped rather than indented outline, and a central depression to take the pot. This stand and its pair may have been intended to accompany a pair of similarly decorated mustard pots decorated by the same two decorators and said to have come from Strawberry Hill formerly in the Charles-Otto Zieseniss Collection (see Documentation).

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, pale turquoise-green, yellowish and brownish green, puce pink, grey, brown, and black) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, decorated in underglaze blue, painted overglaze in blue, pale turquoise-green, yellowish and brownish green, puce pink, grey, brown, and black enamels, and gilding.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's enclosing G

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: an arrow, pointing downwards, with split tail, and a circle in the middle of the shaft, with a horizontal line through it

  • Location: On base, above factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark
  • Text: gp
  • Location: On base in front of suspension hole
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

Inscription present: elongated rectangular gold paper label with cut corners inscribed in black ink with 'Strawberry Hill'

  • Text: Strawberry Hill
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.19A-1961
Primary reference Number: 72954
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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