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Pot à lait à pieds: MAR.C.34-1912

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Pot à lait à pieds


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain milk jug, decorated with a bleu céleste ground, painting in enamels with flowers and foliage, and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain decorated with a bleu céleste ground, painting overglaze in blue, green, yellow, pale and dark pink, orange-red, mauve and black enamels and gilding. The jug stands on three branch feet. Its 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 crabstock handle rises up directly from the rim and curves upwards and then outwards and downwards until it meets the most bulbous part of the body. Small sprays of flowers and foliage in relief sprout from the junctions of the legs and handle with the body. The ground is bleu céleste with a pear-shaped reserve below the lip, painted in polychrome with a bouquet of mixed flowers and foliage, and framed by a band of tooled gilding. Round the neck there are looped garlands of gold leaves, and two sprays descend inside on either side of the lip All the applied flowers and leaves are gilded, and there are touches of gilding on the handle and feet.


History note: Unknown before C.B. Marlay

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


18th Century, Mid#
Louis XV
Circa 1760 CE - 1770 CE


This form, described as a pot à lait à trois pieds, was inspired by silver milk jugs. It was in production by October 1752 and a second size had been introduced by March 1753. A third size was made from 1756. This one is of the first size, (see Documentation, Savill, 1988). This decorative format of bleu céleste ground, with flowers in the reserve was extremely popular and long-lived.The tooled design on the gilding round the reserve is close to Savill's 72, (see Savill, 1988, III)

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of ground colour ( bleu celeste) enamels ( blue, green, yellow, pale and dark pink, orange-red, mauve and black)
Decoraiton composed of gold
Whandle-lip Width 12.8 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: interlaced Ls
  • Location: On two of the feet
  • Method of creation: In blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: J
  • Location: On the foot under the handle
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.34-1912
Primary reference Number: 82589
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 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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