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Cuvette à fleurs 'Courteille'
  • Pair of Flower Vases
  • Cuvette à fleurs 'Courteille'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Bertrand (died 1775), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1768
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 12.1 x 23 cm
  • Marks: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'p' the date letter for 1768
    Painter's mark: '6' for Bertrand
    Incised mark: 'mm'
  • C210-11
  • Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • The 'cuvette'-type vases were often produced in pairs and would have been filled with fresh natural flowers or lavish naturalistic porcelain flowers which were also produced at the Sèvres manufactory. This particular model is named after the marquis de Courteille, the King’s representative in charge of the Vincennes/Sèvres manufactory, to whom the first example was also presented in December 1753.
    The vases are decorated with a intricate gilded diaper pattern framing stylized flowers on the sides, while the rest of the body is covered with a bright blue 'bleu Fallot' ground. Invented in 1764 by Jean Armand Fallot, this colour was mostly combined with a so-called 'incrusté' flower decoration (here in the centre on both sides), which is painted directly onto areas where the ground colour has been scraped away, thus creating an inlaid effect.