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Pot à lait à trois pieds: C.31-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Pot à lait à trois pieds
Translated as: three-legged milk jug


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory


  • Milk jug
  • Factory name: pot à laict à pieds
  • Factory name: pot à lait à trois pieds



Soft-paste porcelain, milk jug decorated with a green ground, a reserve painted in enamels with a bird on a branch, and gilding

Soft-paste porcelain, decorated with an green ground, painting in blue, shades of green, pink, mauve, and brown enamels, and gilding. The jug stands on three short rustic feet. The bulbous body contracts at the neck and then flares upwards and outwards at the front to form a lip, the rim at the sides being slightly everted and notched. The rustic handle rises up directly from the rim and curves upwards and then outwards and downwards in a single loop until it meets the most bulbous part of the body. Sprays of flowers and leaves in relief sprout from the junctions of the legs and handle with the body. The pear-shaped reserve beneath the lip is painted in polychrome enamels with a mauve and blue bird perched on the branch of a tree with more trees in the background, and surrounded by a band of gilding tooled with a zig-zag line. There is a band of gold oeil-de-perdrix pattern on the green ground immediately below the lip, which is divided from the remainder of the ground by a wavy gold line entwined with a garland of gold leaves. The flowers and leaves in relief are gilded and there are touches of gilding on the feet and handle.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.5 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 : no date letter


The pot à lait a trois pieds, a form made earlier in silver, was introduced at Vincennes in 1752. This example is of the second size which was mentioned in 1753. Green grounds were rare before 1756, and were probably not in normal production until after the move to Sèvres. The shade became darker, which suggests that this unmarked example dates from several years later.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, shades of green, pink, mauve, and brown) ground colour ( green) gold
Lip To Handle Width 10.6 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain decorated with green ground colour, painting in painted in blue, shades of green, pink, mauve, and brown enamels, and gilding

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.31-1961
Primary reference Number: 74404
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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