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Pot à lait 'à trois pieds' of the second size
  • Milk Jug
  • Pot à lait 'à trois pieds' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly André-Vincent Vielliard (1717 - 1790), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1780 - 1785
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Height: 9.7 cm
  • C375
  • Reserve Vault 3
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  • This bulbous milk jug, with three branch-like feet and handle, may have been intended for cold milk since it doesn’t come with a lid. The model was introduced in 1752 and despite its rocaille-inspired shape remained in production until the 1790s and was reintroduced in the 1860s. Usually sold individually, it could also be produced with matching tea wares.
    Silver cream jugs on three feet were already made in the first half of the eighteenth century, and Meissen made porcelain example by 1740. The ‘crabstock’-handle (representing the knotted branch of a crab apple tree) derives from Chinese porcelain.
    Decorated with a mauvish-blue ground, the jug is painted with an elaborate arabesque frieze of scrolls and flower urns, while the medallions above show miniature landscapes and flowering plants in monochrome. The painted decoration was probably executed by André Vincent Vieillard. The gilding includes a knotted wood pattern on feet and handle, albeit its poor quality suggests that it was added in the nineteenth century.