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Vase Duplessis: C.9-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Vase Duplessis


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


  • Vase
  • Factory name: vase Duplessis



Soft-paste porcelain vase decorated with an underglaze blue ground, and panels painted in polychrome enamels with flowers, and gilding.

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated with an underglaze bleu lapis ground, painting in greyish-green, yellow, pale orange, dark pink, pale purple, and grey enamels, and gilding; underside of base is unglazedexcept for the interior of the stem. The base has an eight-lobed edge decorated with eight moulded cockle shells alternately face up and face down. The foot of the vase has an eight-lobed edge and rises into an incurved stem which expands into the shallow bulb-shaped lower part of the vase. The sides of the vase are trumpet-shaped, and it has eight scallops round the rim. On each side, is a handle rising from the foot into an elaborate scroll, joined to the widest part of the bulb and rising above to form a hollow foliated projection. The decoration is of alternating areas of bleu lapis lightly marbled with gilding and white panels painted on each side of the upper part with a spray of flowers which ignores the blue divisions. On the stem the white panels are decorated underglaze in blue with four trefoil-shaped leaves with three dots above.The edges of the bleu lapis areas, the edges of the handles, the upper part of the base and the edges of the shells are gilded. The interior of the vase is undecorated


History note: Purchased from Cecil Gould by Louis C.G. Clarke, Cambridge

Legal notes

Louis C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.9 cm

Place(s) associated

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

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
Louis XV
Circa 1751 CE - 1752 CE


Although similar in form to C.8-1961 the vase is not an exact pair, the foot, stem and lower part of the body being more heavily gilded. For the form, see production notes to C.8-1961

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of underglaze blue ground ( bleu lapis) enamels ( greyish-green, yellow, pale orange, dark pink, pale purple, and grey) gold
Foot Diameter 12.3 cm
Rim Diameter 17.2 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, decorated underglaze with a bleu lapis ground, painted overglaze in enamels, and gilded; base unglazed

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: crossed Ls with a dot between
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9-1961
Primary reference Number: 82613
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 29 September 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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