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Pot 'à l'eau tourné' of the second size; 'grande jatte Hébert'
  • Covered Jug and Basin
  • Pot 'à l'eau tourné' of the second size; 'grande jatte Hébert'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Charles-Eloi Asselin (1743 - 1804), Painter
    Possibly Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1767
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded with a silver-gilt thumbpiece
  • Jug without mount, C454, Height: 15.8 cm
    Jug with mount, C454, Height: 16.2 cm
    Basin, C455, Object size: 9 x 21.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'O' the date letter for 1767 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'A' for Charles-Eloi Asselin Painted
    Incised mark: '4' and 'FN'
    Incised mark: 'o'
  • C454-5
  • Study
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Porcelain jugs and basins were used either in the private lavatory, or during the toilette. Displayed on the dressing-table, they could be 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 combines a pear-shaped jug and lid, fixed with a silver-gilt mount, and a deep undulating basin. Both pieces are decorated with a green ground overlaid with gilded dots known as 'mouches d'or'. The painted scenes of Savoyard children are by Charles-Eloi Asselin after compositions by Jean-Baptiste Greuze and François Boucher. Only one entry in the factory’s sales records matches with this decoration, referring to a purchase by Louis XV’s daughters Mesdames Adélaïde and Louise in December 1767 which could refer to this set.