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Vase 'hollandois', C220 of the first size, C221-2 of the third size
  • Garniture of Three Flower Pots
  • Vase 'hollandois', C220 of the first size, C221-2 of the third size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Charles-Louis Méreaud the Younger (1735 - 1780), Painter
    Possibly André-Vincent Vielliard (1717 - 1790), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1762
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 21.7 x 26.1 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'j' the date later for 1762
    Painter's mark: A comma, for Charles-Louis Méreaud
    Incised mark: 'cn'
    Incised mark: 'c'
    Incised mark: 'cn a'
  • C220-2
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This garniture was intended to grow plants indoors. The upper section would hold flowers in earth and had holes at the bottom which allowed water to permeate, and the lower part served as a reservoir, from which the water could be poured through openings at the sides (the Sèvres manufactory also produced watering cans for that purpose). Dutch tin-glazed earthenware flowerpots were used in a similar way, hence perhaps the term 'vase hollandois’. The popular model was introduced in 1754 and remained in production until the 1790s.
    The garniture is decorated with a green ground, while the painted decoration shows pastoral scenes derived from different engravings after François Boucher, which survive in the Sèvres archives to this day. Boucher's compositions were a popular reference for the Sèvres painters and can be found on a great number of objects.