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Vase 'pot pourri ovale uni'
  • Pot-pourri Vase and Cover
  • Vase 'pot pourri ovale uni'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1766 (vase and cover)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, gilded
  • Object size: 21.9 x 32.3 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'n' the date letter for 1766
  • C278
  • Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • A simplified version of the vase ‘Danemark à cartouche de relief’ (see C276/277), this oval-shaped model illustrates the neoclassical taste that became increasingly fashionable in the 1760s. The pot-pourri vase would have been filled with perfumed mixtures of dried flowers, herbs and spices, and hence has piercings around the neck, which allowed the scent to permeate.
    The overglaze ‘bleu nouveau’ ground colour (introduced in 1763 to replace the earlier underglaze blue) is overlaid with a highly elaborate lace-pattern gilding.
    Although no less luxurious than the earlier rococo models, the seemingly simplistic decoration reflects a new stylistic austerity.