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Pot-pourri Pompadour: C.13.1 & A-1947

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Pot-pourri Pompadour


Factory: Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory
Designer: Duplessis, Jean-Claude Chambellan, père




Soft-paste porcelain pot-pourri vase and cover, painted in blue enamel with sprays of flowers, and gilded.

Soft-paste porcelain, thrown, pierced, lead-glazed, and painted in blue enamel, and gilded. The urn-shaped vase stands on a circular pedestal foot with a moulding round the foot. The ogee-domed cover is surmounted by a finial in the shape of a large and a small carnation on a stem. The shoulder of the vase, and the cover, are each pierced with six oval apertures surrounded by stylised foliage in low relief. The shoulder of the vase is at a slightly lower level that the rest of the body and is divided from it by a gold band with curves below the apertures. The white ground is decorated with sprays of flowers in bleu camaïeu, and the carnation finial is touched with blue. There are two bands of gilding round the foot and serrated bands round the junction of the foot and body and round the lip and on the edge of the cover. The moulding round the apertures and the stem of the finial are gilded.
A pair with C.13.2 & A-1947.


History note: The late Duke of Kent; Christie's, 13 March 1947, Old English Furniture and Fine Porcelain, the property of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent, p. 13, lot 163; the Antique Porcelain Company, from whom purchased in October, 1947 by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 14.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vincennes ⪼ Val-de-Marne ⪼ France
  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1947) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Mid-18th Century
Louis XV
1753 CE - 1754 CE


This is a pot-pourri Pompadour of the third size. The form was designed by the goldsmith and bronze-founder, Jean-Claude Duplessis, who worked for Vincennes and Sèvres between c. 1748 and 1774.This vase and its pair may have been the two mentioned in a garde robe of the Hôtel de Pompadour in the probate inventory of Madame de Pompadour in 1764, see Documentation.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue) gold
Foot Diameter 10.3 cm
Over Cover Height 24 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing : Soft-paste porcelain, thrown, pierced, lead-glazed, painted in blue enamel and gilded; the flower finial hand-modelled

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: interlaced Ls enclosing A with a crown above
  • Location: On base of vase
  • Method of creation: In blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 3
  • Location: On base of vase
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.13.1 & A-1947
Primary reference Number: 82541
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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

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