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Cuvette à fleurs 'Roussel' of the first size
  • Flower Vase
  • Cuvette à fleurs 'Roussel' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Vincennes
  • Vincennes, France
  • 1756
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 16.4 x 33.1 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced L's enclosing 'C' the date letter for 1756
    Incised mark: Circle split with a line
  • C214
  • Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • The cuvette-type vases may have been used to display either natural cut flowers, or lavish porcelain flowers, also produced at Sèvres. This particular model was previously known as a 'cuvette Verdun', but has been identified in 2014 as the previously unknown 'cuvette Roussel'.
    The oval-shaped vase with acanthus scroll handles is decorated with a turquoise-blue 'bleu céleste' ground, which was introduced in 1753 for Louis XV’s first major dinner service from the manufactory and was also the most costly colour to be produced in the eighteenth century.
    Painted in white reserves with flowers and fruit on the back and sprays of flowers on the handles, the front features a pair of cherubs on clouds - a popular motif in the first half of the 1750s. The cherub is holding a pen before an open manuscript, a lyre and a dagger lying next to him, while his companion offers the poet a laurel crown. The scene is, with some alterations, taken from François Boucher’s painting 'La Poésie'. Engravings after Boucher's compositions were important references for Sèvres painters.