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Pot à sucre 'Bouret' of the first size
  • Sugar Bowl and Cover
  • Pot à sucre 'Bouret' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Vincennes
  • Vincennes, France
  • c. 1753
  • Soft-paste porcelain, gilded
  • Height: 12 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls In underglaze blue
    Incised mark: '3'
  • C377
  • Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • This rounded bowl with a lid and flower knop, used to serve refined sugar with tea, probably derives its name from either Etienne-Michel Bouret or François Bouret, fermiers-généraux and shareholders of the Vincennes manufactory (the early place of production, before it was moved to Sèvres in 1756). Introduced in 1753, the model remained in production until the 1780s. It would usually be part of a ‘déjeuner’, that is, a small tea set with a tray.
    The sugar bowl is decorated with a dark blue ‘bleu lapis’ ground, the first ground colour introduced at the manufactory, and gilded with flying birds in floral cartouches – also a popular motif during the early 1750s. The gilding was often used to conceal runs in the blue beneath.