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Oval basin: C.26-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Oval basin


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain basin, with a yellow ground, painted in enamels with, in reserve, three birds amongst flowers and a branch, and gilded.

Soft-paste porcelain decorated with a pale yellow ground, painting in blue, shades of green, yellow dark pink, puce, purple, and brown, and grey enamels, and gilding. Oval with deep sides and lobed and indented rim. There are two holes in the footring at right angles to each other. Yellow (jaune jonquille) ground with an oval reserve in the centre, framed by a wide band of gilding tooled with striated triangles, and painted in polychrome with two colourful exotic birds standing on the ground, and another perching in a tree beside them, with trees and flowers in the background. There is a band of gilding round the rim.


History note: Pierpont Morgan Collection. David Stalder; sold at Sotheby's, 25 June 1948, Catalogue of Highly Important French and English Furniture...and A Collection of Fine Continental Porcelain, the property of David Stalder, Esq., p. 10, lot 65; purchased by Mallett and Sons, London for £125; Louis C.G. Clarke Collection.

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Length: 31.2 cm
Width: 22.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, third quarter#
18th Century, Late
Circa 1770 CE - Circa 1790 CE


The authenticity of this piece has been doubted by a number of Sèvres scholars and collectors. If made in the factory its decoration was probably done elsewhere, possibly in England. The painter's mark presumably added at the same time is that of Etienne Evans, who specialized in bird painting

The tooling on the frame round the reserve is approximately the same as Savill's design no. 40 (See Savill, 1988, III, p. 1140).

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, shades of green, yellow dark pink, puce, purple, and brown, and grey) gold
Whole At Ends Height 5.4 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels, and gilded.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's

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

Inscription present: dagger-like X

  • Text: X with long tail on left
  • Location: On base, below factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark
  • Text: script Jg
  • Location: On base close to footring
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

Inscription present: square white paper label, now appearing cream

  • Text: Painter/Evans/From the/Pierpont Morgan/collection
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in greenish-blue ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.26-1961
Primary reference Number: 73803
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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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