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Pot à lait à trois pieds: C.36-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Pot à lait à trois pieds


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory


  • Milk jug
  • Factory name: pot à lait à trois pieds
  • Factory name: pot à lait a pieds



Soft-paste porcelain milk jug, decorated with a pink pointillé ground, a reserve painted in enamels with a marine trophy, garlands and swags of leaves and berries, and gilding

Soft-paste porcelain painted in dark blue, greyish-green, pink, red, brown, and grey enamels, and gilded. The jug stands on three branch feet. Its bulbous body contracts at the 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 curves upwards and then outwards and downwards until it meets the most bulbous part of the body. Small sprays of flowers and leaves in relief sprout from the junctions of the legs and handle with the body. The jug has a pink pointillé ground, with one large rounded reserve on the front and two smaller oval reserves on the sides linked by curved channels all edged by a continuous gold band. The reserves enclose by garlands of green leaves and blue berries linked by swags of the same within the curved channels.The large reserve is painted within the garland with a marine trophy comprising an anchor, seaweed, coral, a fishing rod and a shell overflowing with water. The rim is edged by a gold band, and the relief sprays, and the details of the handle and feet are gilded.


History note: Viscount Harcourt; probably Ethel Mary, Viscountess Harcourt; 22 June 1927,CHECK SALE CATALOGUE; Louis C.G. Clarke Collection; bequeathed by Louis C.G. Clarke, 1960.

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
Louis XV
Production date: circa AD 1770 : no date letter


This form, inspired by silver milk jugs, and described as a 'pot à lait à trois pieds' was in production by October 1752. The second size was being made by March 1753, and a third size was added in 1756. This one is of the second size which was from 9.2 to 10.4 cm high. The decorative format of a pink or blue pointillé ground with painted reserves was popular in the early 1770s. See also see cup and saucer (gobelet litron et soucoupe) C.30 & A-1961.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( dark blue, greyish-green, pink, red, brown, and grey) gold
Handle-spout Length 10.7 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced Ls

  • Location: On the underside of the foot beneath the handle
  • Method of creation: Painted in green enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: narrow rectangular white paper label now discoloured to beige

  • Text: Collection of/Viscount Harcourt
  • Location: On the bottom
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in faded black ink, now brown
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: a circular label printed in pink with a coronet and monogram (missing by June 2007)

  • Location: On the bottom
  • Method of creation: Printed in pink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.36-1961
Primary reference Number: 93572
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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