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Broc ordinaire from a dejeuner: C.20.2-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Broc ordinaire from a dejeuner


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Vielliard, André-Vincent




Soft-paste porcelain jug, decorated with a bleu lapis ground, a reserve painted in enamels with a man and woman peasant sitting in front of a cottage, and gilding

Soft-paste porcelain decorated with underglaze bleu lapis ground, painting in pale blue, several shades of green, yellow, pink, red, and several shades of brown enamels, and gilding. The jug swells out slightly from base, then rises and contracts into a narrow neck before flaring outwards at the front to form a lip, and at the opposite side to project slightly over the single-loop handle. The ground is bleu lapis caillouté in gold with, under the spout, a pear-shaped reserve, surrounded by an elaborate frame of scrolls, shells and trellis diaperpanels. The reserve is painted in polychrome with a man and woman peasant sitting on a bench in front of a cottage with a landscape in the background. There are gold bands round the foot and rim, dentilated on the interior, gold lines down the sides of the handles and five horizontal striated areas down its back.
Part of a dejeuner comprising a tray, cup and saucer, and sugar basin and cover.


History note: Alfred Hill; sold by Sotheby's, 15 May 1942, Valuable Continental and English Porcelain, Fine Old English Clocks and Furniture...The Property of Alfred Hill, (decd), p. 14, lot 64; acquired by Mallett's for £58; Louis Colville Gray Clarke, Cambridge.

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
Louis XV
Production date: circa AD 1759 : The jug bears the date letter for 1759


Genre scenes in the style of David Teniers the Younger (1610-90), derived from, or inspired by prints by Jacques-Philippe Lebas, were very popular as decoration on Sèvres during the 1760s. (See Documentation, Carey 2007)

This is probably a broc ordinaire of the fourth size ranging from about 10.2 to 11 cm. It was more commonly made in the larger sizes for use with a basin for washing.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( pale blue, several shades of green, yellow, pink, red, and several shades of bown) ground colour ( underglaze cobalt, bleu lapis) gold
Jug And Handle Width 8.6 cm
Body Of Pot

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's enclosing G with a dot below the Ls

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: a horizontal line above the mark, with three evenly dispersed dots

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark

Inscription present: closed 4 and c followed by sloping S

  • Text: '4' and 'cS'
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label with cut corners, now discoloured

  • Text: SEVRES, printed, Painter Viellard/Date 1759, hand-written
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.20.2-1961
Primary reference Number: 93556
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 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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