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Vase à oreilles: C.23A-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Vase à oreilles


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Morin, Jean-Louis


  • Vase
  • Factory name: Vase à oreilles



Soft-paste porcelain vase, painted in enamels with a panel containing a scene of sailors, and another of a marine trophy, and gilded.

Soft-paste porcelain, thrown and hand worked, decorated with an overglaze blue ground (bleu nouveau), painting in blue, green, yellow, pink, mauve, red, brown, and grey and black enamels, and gilding. The vase stands on a low, circular foot with a stepped edge. The body is of an inverted pear-shape, contracting above the widest point into a narrow neck. The foliated, notched mouth divided into two and curls outwards and downwards to rejoin the body just above the widest point, thus forming two ear-shaped handles. The blue ground has on each side a reserve of inverted triangular shape with a triple-lobed top, framed by one plain and one tooled band of gilding. A wreath of gilt oak leaves hangs on a ribbon below each handle. There three gold bands round the foot, one round the junction of foot and body, and touches of gilding on the upper parts and edges of the handles. The panel on the front is painted in polychrome with a scene of an officer directing the work of sailors on a wharf beside a moored ship. A barrel pushed by two of the men is inscribed with a 4. The panel on the back is painted with a marine trophy including a pink bow and a string of pearls, coral, a rope around an anchor, a blue flag and pennant, a compass with a mauve ribbon around it and two sprays of seaweed.
A pair with C.23B-1961.


History note: Acquired by the testator before October 1948

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 19 cm
Width: 9.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Mid#
Louis XV
Production date: AD 1769 : The vase bears the date letter for 1769


This shape was probably designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis (c.1695-1774). It was introduced in 1754 in three sizes, of which this is the third size. Overglaze bleu nouveau grounds were introduced in 1763. The wharf scenes in the reserves were painted by Jean-Louis Morin (1732-87) who was employed by the factory from 1754 to 1787, and specialized in military subjects, coast scenes.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, pink, mauve, red, brown, and grey and black) ground colour ( overglaze blue, bleu nouveau) gold
Foot Diameter 6.3 cm

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 q

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in pale maroon enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: m
  • Location: On base, above to the right of factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in maroon enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23A-1961
Primary reference Number: 93563
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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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