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Vase 'pot pourri Hébert'
  • Pot-pourri Vase and Cover
  • Vase 'pot pourri Hébert'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1760 (vase and cover)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 35.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Incised mark: 'CN'
    Label: 'XX' and '221' '221' printed
    Label: 'H. Loftus Wigram Esq.'
    Label: 'H. Loftus Wigram Esq.'
  • C254
  • Back State Room
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  • This pear-shaped vase model was named either after the dealer Thomas-Joachim Hébert or one of the king's officers of the same name who was involved in the factory's financial affairs. The vase was intended for pot-pourri, a mixture of dried flowers, herbs and spices which would have perfumes the appartments of its noble owner. The domed cover features decorative piercings which would have allowed the perfume to permeate.
    Decorated with a green ground, the reserves show the popular motif of birds in landscapes, while the rich gilding includes sprays of foliage, peacock feathers and wheat ears.