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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
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The cuvette-type vases may have been used to display natural cut flowers, or deceivingly naturalistic porcelain flowers – thousands of which were produced at the 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 painted decoration includes trophies which evoke the sphere of theatre and feature a book inscribed 'TARTUFE acte I', referring to Molières famous play from 1664, and 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 Louis XVI.
    The front reserve depicts cherubs on clouds, a popular motif in the 1750s, which here is reminiscent of works by François Boucher. It was painted by Jean-Louis Morin (op. 1754-1787), one of Sèvres most skilled figure painters who later in his career specialized in harbour and military scenes.