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Cuvettes 'à fleurs 'à tombeau', C205 of the second size, C206-7 of the third size
  • Garniture of Three Flower Vases
  • Cuvettes 'à fleurs 'à tombeau', C205 of the second size, C206-7 of the third size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Antoine Caton (1726 - 1800), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1761
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • C205, Object size: 18.2 x 24.5 cm
    C206, Object size: 14.2 x 29.6 cm
    C207, Object size: 14.4 x 19.5 cm
  • Factory mark: interlaced Ls enclosing 'H' the date letter for 1761 painted
    Painter's mark: * for Antoine Caton, op. 1749 - 98 Painted
    Incised mark: 'Li'
    Incised mark: 'IP'
  • C205-7
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This garniture combines two sizes of the same model, the popular ‘cuvette à tombeau’, which was introduced around 1753 and remained in production until the 1780s. Vases of this type may have been used to display either natural cut flowers, or lavish porcelain flowers, which were also produced at the Vincennes/Sèvres manufactory.
    The vases are decorated with a vibrant turquoise-blue 'bleu céleste' ground, which was introduced in 1753 for the manufactory's first major dinner service made for Louis XV, and would be the most costly ground colour to be produced in the eighteenth century.
    The front reserves are painted with a rustic scene by Antoine Caton (op. 1749-1798), derived from several engravings by Jacques-Philippe Le Bas after David Teniers the Younger. Such cheerful peasant scenes, often after or inspired by Teniers, were introduced around 1758. A marked contrast to both the elaborate luxury of the Sèvres pieces and the noble society for whom they were produced, the mundane subjects were highly popular until the mid-1760s.