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Cuvette à fleurs 'Courteille' of the third size
  • Pair of Flower Vases
  • Cuvette à fleurs 'Courteille' of the third size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Antoine Caton (1726 - 1800), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1761
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • C208, Object size: 12.4 x 23.3 cm
    C209, Object size: 12.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'H' the date letter for 1761 Painted, indistinct
    Factory mark: Interlaced Ls
    Painter's mark: ٭ for Antoine Caton Painted, indistinct
    Incised mark: 'Li'
  • C208-9
  • Back State Room
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  • This pair of vases may have been filled with either natural cut flowers or lavish porcelain flowers, which were prduced at the Sèvres manufactory. The model is named after the marquis de Courteille, the King’s representative in charge of the Vincennes/Sèvres manufactory, to whom the first example of this model was presented in December 1753.
    The bulbous vases are decorated with a green ground, and painted on the back and sides with flowers and fruit, while the front reserves feature figural scenes painted by Antoine Caton (op. 1749-1798). They are drawn from the engraving 'La quatrième fête flamande' which Jacques-Philippe Le Bas produced after a work of David Teniers the Younger. Such cheerful peasant scenes, often after or in the style of Teniers, were introduced around 1758. A marked contrast to both the elaborate luxury of the Sèvres pieces and the noble society for whom they were produced, the mundane subjects were highly popular until the mid-1760s.