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Vase 'pot pourri Hébert'
  • Pot-pourri Vase and Cover
  • Vase 'pot pourri Hébert'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Pierre-Joseph Rosset (1734 - 1799), Painter, (flowers)
    Attributed to Jean-Louis Morin (1732 - 1787), Painter, (military scene)
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1760 (vase and cover)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 36.7 x 24 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls
    Painter's mark: A hatchet for Pierre-Jean Rosset
    Incised mark: 'cn'
    Incised mark: 'IO'
  • C255
  • 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 manufactory's financial affairs. The vase was intended for pot-pourri, a mixture of dried flowers, herbs and spices which would have scented the rooms of its noble owner. The cover thus has decorative piercings that allowed the perfume to permeate.
    Decorated with rose and green ground colours, the vase is painted with flowers by Pierre-Joseph Rosset (op. 1753-99), while the front features a military encampment attributed to Jean-Louis Morin (op. 1754-1787), which may have neen inspired by the battles of the Seven Years' war France was involved in at the time. Together with similarly a decorated 'vase à tête d’éléphant' (now at Waddesdon), the vase may originally have been part of a set of five acquired by Louis XV in December 1760.