The Wallace Collection

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Pot 'à l'eau tourné' of the second size; probably jatte 'ovale de pot à l'eau' of the second size
  • Covered Jug and Basin
  • Pot 'à l'eau tourné' of the second size; probably jatte 'ovale de pot à l'eau' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1758
  • Soft-paste porcelain painted and gilded with a silver-gilt thumbpiece
  • Jug without mount, C450, Height: 16.3 cm
    Jug with mount, C450, Height: 17.2 cm
    Basin, C451, Object size: 5.6 x 26.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'E' the date letter for 1758 Painted
    Incised mark: '4' and 'ap'
    Incised mark: '6'
  • C450-1
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Lavish porcelain jugs and basins were used either in the private lavatory, or during the toilette. Displayed on the dressing-table, they were were used for washing hands, as people had breakfast during the lengthy morning ritual. Although sometimes their decoration matched that of the other toilette items, they were usually sold separately.
    This set consists of a pear-shaped jug with a flat-domed cover attached with a silver-gilt mount, and a shallow basin. Both pieces are decorated with a rose ground and painted with birds in landscapes, which are framed by elaborate gilded rocaille cartouches. Like on many pink-ground wares, the gilding is outlined in carmine which would prevent it from discolouring the ground colour.Gilded lace patterns embellish the outside of the basin.
    The set was probably bought by Louis XV in 1758.