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Vase à oreilles: C.23B-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, and gilded, with a panel containing a scene of sailors, and another of a marine trophy.

Soft-paste porcelain 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, moulded circular foot. 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 ground is bleu nouveau with on each side a reserve of inverted triangular shape with a tri-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. Three bands of gilding encircle the foot, and one the junction of foot and body, and there are 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 three fishermen unloading or packing their catch on the shore with the rigging of a ship in the background, and two more sailors, one of whom is pointing to the right. The panel on the back is painted with a marine trophy incorporating a lobster or eel trap, two flutes, a compass, a net, shells, coral and pearls suspended from a pink bow at the top. The gold frame is tooled with panels of trellis alternating with plain panels
A pair with C.23A-1961.


History note: Acquired by the donor before October 1948

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 19 cm
Width: 9.9 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 is a vase à oreilles of the second size

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, pink, mauve, red, brown, and grey and black) gold

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's enclosing a vertical line with a hook, probably an unfinished q

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23B-1961
Primary reference Number: 93564
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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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