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Vase 'hollandois' of the second size
  • Pair of Flower Pots
  • Vase 'hollandois' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Jean-Louis Morin (1732 - 1787), Painter, (harbour scenes)
    Gabriel Rousseau, Painter, (flowers)
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1763
    c. 1834 - 1842 (stand)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded.
  • Object size: 19 x 19.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'K' the date letter for 1763
    Painter's mark: A dot enclosed by a circle, for Gabriel Rousseau
    Incised mark: 'cn'
    Incised mark: 'c'
  • C223-4
  • Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • The Vincennes/Sèvres manufactory was remarkable not only for the elaborate design of its vases, but also for their functionality. A means of bringing the garden indoors, these vases were intended to grow plants. While the upper section would hold the flowers in earth and had holes at the bottom which allowed water to permeate, the lower served as a reservoir, from which the water could be poured through the openings at the sides (the Sèvres manufactory also produced watering cans for that purpose). Dutch tin-glazed earthenware flowerpots were used in a similar manner, hence perhaps the term 'vase hollandois’. The popular model was introduced in 1754 and remained in production until the 1790s.
    Both vases are decorated with a dark blue 'bleu lapis' ground colour and overlaid with worm tunnel-like 'vermiculé' gilding which was often used to conceal cloudiness occurring on the blue ground. The front reserves each show harbour scenes and were probably painted by Jean-Louis Morin (op. 1754-1787), one of Sèvres most skilled figure painters. The painting on the sides takes up the naval theme, featuring marine trophies.
    Originally these vases formed a garniture with a larger central vase now at Waddesdon Manor.