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Sugar bowl and cover (pot à sucre à la Reine); soft-paste porcelain; conical with domed cover surmounted by an applied flower finial; decorated with two panels of exotic birds in landscapes on the bowl and with three reserves each containing a bird on the cover, all on a pink ground; gilt floral and trellis motifs around reserves, gilt dentil rim and gilt finial.
- Production date
18thC (perhaps made)
Diameter: 9.40 centimetres (bowl)
Height: 9.20 centimetres (with cover)
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1994
The form, with an angular handle, originates at Vincennes. A drawing for the second size dated 19 February 1753 is preserved at the Sèvres factory, and moulds for the second size appear in the inventory of 1 January 1756, although examples were fired in the biscuit kiln on 28 March 1753.¹ It is possible that this example represents a revised version of the shape in the second size, with a flower finial or it may be closer to the form called ‘pot à sucre du Roy’.
The bowl and cover were probably entirely decorated in the nineteenth century. The ground colour is muddy and marred by black specks, especially near the foot and rims, the birds are indifferently painted and the gilding is unconvincing.
Inside the lid is an oblong paper label printed in black ‘53’.
1. See Hallé, Antoinette and Préaud, Tamara, ‘Porcelaines de Vincennes, les Origines de Sèvres’, Grand Palais, Paris, October 1977 – January 1978, pp. 82-4. An early example measuring 9.3 cm. decorated in ‘bleu lapis’ with gilt flowers and bearing interlaced LL only was sold from the Hector Binney Collection, Sotheby's, 5 December 1989, Lot 77.
No Comparable Examples.
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