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Pot à lait à pieds: C.43-1961

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Pot à lait à pieds


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain milk jug, decorated with applied sprays of flowers and foliage, two panels painted in blue and gold with a triangular mosaïque pattern, and one panel painted in polychrome with a spray of flowers.

Soft-paste porcelain painted in blue, green, yellowish-green, yellow, pink, and mauve enamels, and gilded. The jug stands on three rustic feet. The bulbous body contracts at the neck and then flares upwards and outwards towards the notched rim, which is elongated at the front to form a lip. The rim is notched. The rustic handle rises up from the rim and curves upwards and then outwards in a single loop until it meets the most bulbous part of the body. Sprays of flowers and foliage in relief sprout from the junctions of the legs and handle with the body. The ground is white with under the spout a gilt, squat, shield-shaped outline enclosing a floral spray comprising a yellow rose, two blue flowers and three pink, with foliage. On each side of it there is an inverted outline of the same shape, filled with a mosaïque design comprising a triangular mesh of gilt lines, every alternate triangle painted in blue. The flowers in relief are painted in pink, mauve, yellow and blue. There is a dentilated gilt band round the rim and touches of gilding on the handle, feet and relief foliage.


History note: Louis C.G. Clarke, Leckhampton, Cambridge

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

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
Circa 1756 CE - 1760 CE


The pot a lait à trois pieds was introduced in 1752, a second size by March 1753, and the third size in 1756. This example is of the first size between 11.3 to 12.9 cm. It seems likely that the D is a date letter rather than a painter or gilder’s mark, as this design appears on a cup and saucer of 1756/1757 (see Documention, Peters, 2014).

The triangular pattern differs from many other examples in not having double lines between the triangular cells. It appears similarly with one line on a pair of vases à contours ondulées of 1758-9 at Schloss Fasanerie, but these have little gold motifs inside the triangular cells ( see Dobert and Miller, 1999)

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, pink, and mauve) gold
Over Lip Height 12.2 cm
Handle-spout Width 13 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, with applied moulded flowers and foliage in relief, painted in blue, green, yellow, pink, and mauve enamels, and gilded

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's with a dot above

  • Location: On the underside of the body
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: possibly D
  • Location: To right of the crossed Ls
  • Method of creation: Painted indistinctly in blue enamel
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: unidentifiable but does not look like a smudge

  • Location: On one foot
  • Method of creation: Painted in maroon
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: unidentifiable but different from the other maroon mark, and does not look like a smudge

  • Location: On same foot as the other maroon mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in marroon
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: a vertical line with a circle over the top of the line

  • Location: On the foot, below the handle
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.43-1961
Primary reference Number: 75072
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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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