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Vase 'hollandois' of the first size
  • Flower Pot
  • Vase 'hollandois' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably André-Vincent Vielliard (1717 - 1790)
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1758
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 21.6 x 29 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'E' the date letter for 1758
    Incised mark: 'cn'
  • C217
  • Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • A means of bringing the garden indoors, this model was intended to grow plants.
    While the upper section would hold flowers in earth and had holes at the bottom in order to allow water to permeate, the lower served as a reservoir, from which water could be poured through the openings at the sides (the Sèvres manufactory also produced watering cans for that purpose). Dutch tin-glazed earthenware flowerpots were used in a smiliar manner, hence perhaps the term 'vase hollandois’. The popular model was introduced in 1754 and remained in production until the 1790s.
    This vase is decorated with a rose ground and white trellis-work, while the painted decoration features children in a landscape. The scene was probably inspired by Boucher and may have been painted by André-Vincent Vieillard (op. 1752-1790), who specialized in this subject-matter. The vase left the factory as the largest in a set of three, but was immediately separated by the dealer Madame Duvaux and sold to Louise-Jeanne de Durfort, duchesse de Mazarin. The other two vases are now at Harewood House in Yorkshire.