Skip to main content

Pot à lait à pieds: MAR.C.34-1912

An image of Milk jug

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)

Titles

Pot à lait à pieds

Maker(s)

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory

Entities

Categories

Description

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.

Notes

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

Dating

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

Note

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

Rococo

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
Body
Gilding
Handle

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing

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

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.34-1912
Primary reference Number: 82589
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 January 2021 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Pot à lait à pieds" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/82589 Accessed: 2022-09-28 11:02:19

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url=https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/82589 |title=Pot à lait à pieds |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2022-09-28 11:02:19|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/api/v1/objects/object-82589

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src="https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/imagestore/aa/aa23/MAR_C_34_1912.jpg"
        alt="Pot à lait à pieds"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Pot à lait à pieds</figcaption>
    </figure>
</div>
    

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like

Pot à lait à trois pieds

Accession Number: C.4-1951

Pot à lait à trois pieds

Accession Number: C.196-1918

Pot à lait à trois pieds

Accession Number: C.31-1961

One of a pair of café au lait pots

Accession Number: M.61B-1961

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...