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Cuvette à fleurs 'à tombeau' of the second size, vase 'hollandois nouveau ovale' of the fifth size a
  • Garniture of a Flower Vase, Two Flower Pots and Two Bulb Pots
  • Cuvette à fleurs 'à tombeau' of the second size, vase 'hollandois nouveau ovale' of the fifth size a
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Pierre-Joseph Rosset (1734 - 1799), Painter, (C234-6)
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1760
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • C234, Object size: 18.2 x 24.4 cm
    C235, Object size: 17.8 x 13.1 cm
    C236, Object size: 17.6 x 13.1 cm
    C237-8, Object size: 16.2 x 8 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'g' the date letter for 1760 Painted
    Painter's mark: a hatchet for Pierre-Joseph Rosset Painted
    Incised mark: 'Li'
    Incised mark: 'ae'
    Factory mark: Interlaced Ls
    Incised mark: '5'
  • C234-8
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This garniture consists of five pieces, and although all of them were used to display flowers, the two pedestals may not have been intended for that purpose. The model, now with inserted bulb holders, was originally designed to hold small biscuit busts of Maria Leszczyńska and Louis XV (see a pair in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) and was introduced in 1759, the year the King became sole proprietor of the Sèvres manufactory.
    All pieces are decorated with rose and green ground colours, the latter forming cartouches of scrolls and branches. The reserves inside the cartouches are painted with flowers and fruit by Pierre-Joseph Rosset (op. 1753-1799). Again, the pedestals are unusual: several details in painting and gilding of both pieces differ from one another, and it is very probable that they have been wrongly matched in the Sèvres manufactory with a pair of 'piédestaux en gaine' now in the Kress Collection.
    It seems that only C234-6 were originally designed as a garniture, and that the pedestals were later added in 1768.