The Wallace Collection

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Broc 'ordinaire' of the second size; probably jatte 'ovale de pot à l'eau' of the first size
  • Jug and Basin
  • Broc 'ordinaire' of the second size; probably jatte 'ovale de pot à l'eau' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1769 (with later decoration)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, gilded, jewelling and enamelling
  • Jug, C456, Height: 18.9 cm
    Basin, C457, Object size: 5.8 x 29.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls
    Factory mark: Interlaced Ls, enclosing 'q' the date letter for 1769
    Incised mark: 'fi'
  • C456-7
  • Reserve Vault 3
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  • 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 the jugs and basins matched the other toilette items, they were usually sold separately.
    This set combines a pear-shaped jug with a broad flange, and an oval, undulating basin. Both pieces are decorated with a turquoise-blue ground applied over the entire surfaces, overlaid with baskets of flowers, scrolls, trellis-work, swags, flowers and snow-flake patterns in gilding and jewelled enamelling. The jewelling is applied irrespective of the gilded decoration which, also given its poor quality and the overall stylistic appearance, suggests that both pieces were redecoated at a later point, possibly in England and before 1850.