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Pot à lait à trois pieds: C.196-1918

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Pot à lait à trois pieds
Translated as: three-legged milk jug


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Le Bel, jeune (Probably)




Three-legged milk jug of soft-paste porcelain painted in polychrome enamels with a trellis pattern, and gilded

Soft-paste porcelain, decorated with bluish-green ground colour, painting in blue, green, yellow, pink and mauve enamels, and gilding. The jug stands on three rustic feet. The bulbous body contracts into a short neck and flares upwards and outwards towards the notched rim which is elongated at the front to form a lip. The crabstock handle rises up from the rim and then downwards in a single loop until it meets the widest part of the body. Sprays of flowers and leaves sprout from the junctions of the legs and handle with the body. Encircling the body just above the legs and below the rim is an bluish-green zone, each decorated with a wavy continuous stem of gilt leaves flanked by gilt horizontal bands. Between these zones the ground is white. Under the spout is a motif comprising two intersecting vertical zig-zag lines of polychrome flowers and leaves, repeated three times more round the body, and alternating with a similar motif comprising intersecting zig-zag lines of pink and blue ribbons, the diamond-shapes between filled with a gold diaper pattern, and the ribbons outlined with gold dots. There are touches of gilding on the feet and handle, and on the relief flowers and leaves.


History note: Unknown before donor, Ralph Hare Griffin (1854-1941)

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin, MA, FSA

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918) by Griffin, Ralph


18th Century
Louis XVI
Production date: AD 1770 : date letter for 1770


This is a pot à lait à trois pieds of the second size 9.2 to 10.4 cm high. It was probably painted by Jean-Nicolas Le Bel, jeune, père, who was born in 1749 and died after 1816. The painting was formerly attributed to Jean-Etienne Le Bel.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels
Deocration composed of gold
Whole Over Handle Height 9.9 cm
Handle To Spout Length 10.5 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels, and gilded.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: interlaced Ls enclosing R
  • Location: In middle of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in purple enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: LB
  • Location: Below the factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in purple enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.196-1918
Primary reference Number: 86629
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 17 February 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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