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Cuvette à fleurs 'Roussel' of the second size and cuvettes 'Verdun' of the third size
  • Garniture of Three Flower Vases
  • Cuvette à fleurs 'Roussel' of the second size and cuvettes 'Verdun' of the third size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • André-Vincent Vielliard (1717 - 1790), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1761
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded.
  • C227, Object size: 13 x 27.4 cm
    C228, Object size: 11.2 x 23.3 cm
    C229, Object size: 11.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'H' the date letter for 1761 Painted
    Painter's mark: for André-Vincent Vielliard Painted
    Incised mark: 'Bf'
  • C227-9
  • Back State Room
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  • This garniture consists of three vases, a 'cuvette Roussel' (previously known as 'cuvette Verdun', re-identified in 2014) and two 'cuvettes Verdun' (previously 'vase à compartiments' or 'Choisy').
    The dark-blue bleu lapis ground is overlaid with elaborate gilding to disguise the cloudiness often occurring with this ground colour. The cheerful peasant scenes, painted by André-Vincent Vieilliard (op. 1752-1790), are based on engravings after David Teniers the Younger. A marked contrast to the elaborate luxury of the Sèvres pieces and the noble society for whom they were made, such mundane scenes of peasant life were introduced in 1758 and remained highly popular until the mid-1760s.
    The garniture was probably sold by the dealer Simon-Philippe Poirier to Louis XV's mistress, Madame du Barry, on 12 July 1769 and was subsequently displayed in her bedroom at Louveciennes.