The Wallace Collection

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Panier of the first size
  • Basket
  • Panier of the first size
  • Manufacture de Vincennes
  • Vincennes, France
  • 1754
  • Soft-paste porcelain
  • Height: 29.4 cm
    Width: 25 cm
    Diameter: 23 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'A' the date letter for 1754, with a dot beneath
    Label: 'X' and '448' 'X' inscribed and '448' printed
  • C472
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This rare modell playfully evokes the design of a woven cane basket in luxurious soft-paste porcelain. Baskets of this kind probably provided the centrepiece for the dessert course at an intimate supper table, filled with fruits or artificial flowers. The dessert was the final course of a meal in which fruit compotes, jellies, purées and jams, ice creams and sorbets, glacée or fresh fruit, and confectionery, were served in elaborate arrangements with dry foods, either in baskets, or piled in pyramids. This basket was probably bought in 1755 by the marchand mercier Lazare Duvaux and sold by him in the same year to the duchesse de Mirepoix.