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Moutardier ordinaire: C.12 & A-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Moutardier ordinaire


Factory: Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Vielliard, André-Vincent




Soft-paste porcelain mustard pot and cover, decorated with a bleu lapis ground, a reserve painted in crimson enamel with a putto seated in landscape, and gilding.

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, decorated with an underglaze bleu lapis ground, painting in monochrome crimson enamel (camaïeu pourpre), and gilding. Barrel-shaped with two raised horizontal fillets at the top and at the base, and a loop handle. The almost flat cover has a semi-circular aperture for the mustard spoon and a knob in the shape of a fruit on a branch. There is a small hole for suspension in the footring and another in the cover.On the front there is an approximately oval reserve framed by trailing sprays of foliage and flowers in gold, and painted in crimson monochrome (camaieu pourpre) with a putto in a landscape. The chubby infant sits on a drapery, with his right leg almost straight, the other bent, and both arms outstretched towards a flying bird attached to a string which he holds in his left hand. There are two bands of gilding round the foot and raised fillet, one on the fillet above the reserve, and a dentilated band round the rim. The cover has a dentilated gold band round the outer edge and a gold finial. There are lines of gilding down the sides of the handle and three stylised flowers and eight dots of graduated size on its back.


History note: Louis C.G. Clarke (2 May 1881-13 December 196), Cambridge, by whom acquired before October 1948

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vincennes ⪼ Val-de-Marne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Mid#
Louis XV
Circa 1752 CE - 1753 CE


The form is mentioned in the inventory of October 1752, and a design is preserved at the factory, inscribed with the date 19 February 1752. The mustard pots were accompanied by lobed stands of two slightly different forms. See Documentation, Paris (1978), pp. 59-60.

This mustard pot probably dates from late 1752 or the first eight months of 1753 because Vielliard did not enter the factory until September that year, and it does not bear the date letter A assigned in 1845 to 1753, but probably not introduced until 1754.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of underglaze blue ground ( bleu lapis) enamels gold
Rim Diameter 4.8 cm
Body And Handle Width 8.4 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain decorated with an underglaze bleu lapis ground, painting in monochrome puce enamel and gilding.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: interlaced Ls with a dot above
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: a label of three points
  • Location: On the base below the factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark
  • Text: O
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: o and a 1 with extra horizontal line at the top like a backward 7
  • Location: On base beside suspension hole
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

Inscription present: narrow rectangular white paper label

  • Text: Vincennes/Painter Viellard
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.12 & A-1961
Primary reference Number: 82468
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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