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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
  • Sèvres, France
  • 18th century (with later decoration)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Height: 9.7 cm
  • C376
  • 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 would 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 examples by 1740. The ‘crabstock’-handle (representing the knotted branch of a crab apple tree) derives from Chinese porcelain.
    The jug is has green and rose ground colours – the latter forming scrolls and husks – and is painted with fruit on the front. Athough this type of decoration was common at Sèvres in the 1750s and 60s, the quality is so poor that it is unlikely to have been applied in the eighteenth century.