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Cuvette 'Verdun' of the first size
  • Flower Vase
  • Cuvette 'Verdun' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Charles-Nicolas Dodin (1734 - 1803), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1760
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 16.6 x 32.2 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'G' the date letter for 1760
    Painter's mark: 'k' for Charles-Nicolas Dodin
  • C226
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • Previously thought to be a 'vase à compartiments' or 'Choisy', this oval-shaped vase with its characteristic fixed partitions has been identified as a 'cuvette Verdun' in 2014, a title formerly attributed to a different model (see C214).
    It is named after Jean-François Verdun de Monchiroux, one of the first major shareholders in the Vincennes manufactory.
    Decorated with pink and green ground golours, the front features a peasant scene outside an inn, which was painted by Charles-Nicolas Dodin (op. 1754-1802/3) – one of the factory’s most skilled and versatile painters. Such cheerful scenes of peasant life – often after or in the style of David Teniers the Younger – were introduced at the factory around 1758. A marked contrast to the elaborate luxury of the Sèvres pieces and the noble society for whom they were produced, the mundane subjects were highly popular until the mid-1760s.
    The vase was possibly bought by Louis XV in 1760, together with several other pierces decorated with Teniers scenes.