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Boite à sucre or sucrier ovale uni et plateau: C.13.1 & A & B-1961

Object information

Titles

Boite à sucre or sucrier ovale uni et plateau

Maker(s)

Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)

Description

Soft-paste porcelain sugar basin, cover and stand, decorated with an underglaze blue ground (bleu lapis), and reserves painted in enamels with flowers, foliage and birds, and gilded.

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, decorated with an underglaze bleu lapis ground, painting overglaze in blue, green, yellow, orange, dark pink, purple, brown and grey enamels, and gilding. The stand is oval with rim notched to create two long and two short lobes. The basin is oval with deep sloping sides and a domed cover with a handle formed by two looped and interlaced branches with moulded leaves at the junction of the ends with the cover. The basin and stand each has one suspension hole in the footring, and the cover one in the middle of one side of the internal flange.
All pieces have a bleu lapis ground. The bowl is decorated with two oval reserves and the cover and stand with two tri-lobate reserves, framed by gold palms, flowers and foliage. Each reserve is painted in polychrome enamels with two flying birds. On the bowl, one bird carries a branch in its claws. On the stand one in each reserve carries a branch in its claws, and on the cover, one bird in one reserve carries a branch in its claws, and in the other one carries one in its beak. The stand has a plain band of gilding round the foot and a dentilated band round the rim. The bowl has a plain band of gilding round the foot and a dentilated band round the rim. The cover has a dentilated band of gilding round the outer edge and touches of gilding on the handle terminals and where they cross in the centre.

Notes

History note: Unknown before Louis C.G. Clarke, MA, LL.D., (1881-1960), Leckhampton, Cambridge

Legal notes

Louis C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Place(s) associated

  • Vincennes ⪼ Val-de-Marne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

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

Note

Moulds for a boite à sucre unie ovale avec plateau were mentioned in the inventory of October 1752. Préaud and d'Albis (Documentation 1991) noted the making of this form by 1752 and in two sizes by the time Mme de Pompadour bought one of the first size on 12 May 1753. This is the smaller size.

School or Style

Rococo

Components of the work

Decoration composed of underglaze blue ground ( bleu lapis) enamels ( blue, green, yellow, orange, dark pink, purple, brown and grey) gold Bowl Height 10.4 cm Length 13.9 cm Width 10.5 cm
Stand Height 3.3 cm Length 23 cm Width 18.2 cm
Cover Length 14.2 cm Width 10.8 cm
Gilding

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain , moulded, decorated with an underglaze bleu lapis ground, painting in blue, green, yellow, orange, dark pink, purple, brown and grey enamels, and gilding with tooled details. The basin and stand each has a hole in the footrim, and the cover in the middle of the internal flange
Lead-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's

  • Location: On basin and stand
  • Method of creation: In underglaze blue (bleu lapis)
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: f slopes forward

  • Text: 6 f
  • Location: On basin
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.13.1 & A & B-1961
Primary reference Number: 82517
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 18 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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