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Sugar Bowl and Cover ('pot à sucre Hébert'); soft-paste porcelain; thrown; of undulating form with a domed cover surmounted by a rose petal knop; decorated with scenes in colours on a green ground of a man speaking to two washerwomen by a pond, walled buildings in the background, and on the other side a vineyard scene, with man drinking from a flagon, a lady seated by a basket and a man with basket on his back walking towards buildings; each scene within tooled gilt reserve; gilt decoration near the rim on pot and cover includes a laurel leaf and berry wreath entwined around a gilt line and an 'oeil-de-perdrix' motif, rims and foot gilt, gilt dentil inside rim of bowl; knop gilt; maker's mark.
- Production date
Height: 9.30 centimetres (with cover)
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1994
The poor quality of the porcelain and the unusual form of the marks might perhaps indicate that this piece was decorated during the nineteenth century were it not for the existence of an undated tray at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire,¹ decorated in a similar fashion, and two green cups and saucers dated 1765 at Longleat, Wiltshire, all with matching gilt decoration. None of these exhibit any signs indicative of later decoration.
For a discussion of the form, see reg. no. 1948,1203.22.
This example is of the second size, the first measuring 11.4-12 cm and the third 7.5-9 cm in height.²
Landscapes with tiny figures are characteristic of the work of the painter André-Vincent Vielliard père (1717-90)³ in the 1760s. It was recognised as early as 1755 that, although prolific, he was a poor painter of figures.
1. Eriksen, 1968, no. 68.
2. Savill, Rosalind, ‘The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, London’, London, 1988, II, p. 575.
3. See reg. no. 1948,1203.22. For a detailed biography see Savill, 1988, II, 1074-5.
1) France, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Ephrussi-Rothschild Collection, inv. 2467A.
2) Sotheby's, 10 December 1936, Lot 51, sale of Madame Dhainaut of Paris, pair of turquoise-ground toilet pots, 1757, painted with landscape and figure scenes, unmarked, illus.
Literature: Eriksen, Svend, ‘Sèvres Porcelain, the James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor’, Fribourg, 1968, p. 188.
- Not on display
- Knop restored; firecracks on base, interior bubbled and with gritty impurities and a 'bloat'.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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