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Cuvette à fleurs 'à tombeau' of the first size
  • Flower Vase
  • Cuvette à fleurs 'à tombeau' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Jean-Louis Morin (1732 - 1787), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1758
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 23.5 x 30.2 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'E' the date letter for 1758
    Painter's mark: 'M' for Jean-Louis Morin
    Incised mark: 'H'
  • C204
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • The cuvette-type vases may have been used to display natural cut flowers, or deceivingly naturalistic porcelain flowers which were also produced at the Vincennes/Sèvres manufactory.
    This popular model 'à tombeau' was probably introduced around 1753 and remained in production until the 1780s.
    Decorated with a rose ground colour the Boucher-inspired cherubs on clouds are painted by Jean-Louis Morin (op. 1754-1787). They were a highly popular motif at Sèvres in the 1750s. The trophies on the other sides evoke the sphere of theatre: The one on the back features a book inscribed 'TARTUFE acte I', referencing Molières famous play from 1664, and one on the side shows a page inscribed 'ACREO', in allusion to Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 'Anacreon'. The opera had first been performed on 23 October 1754 to celebrate the birth of the duc de Berri, who would later become king Louis XVI.